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What is locked-in syndrome?
Locked-in syndrome is a rare disorder of the nervous system. People with locked-in syndrome are:
- Paralyzed except for the muscles that control eye movement
- Conscious (aware) and can think and reason, but cannot move or speak; although they may be able to communicate with blinking eye movements
Locked-in syndrome may result from:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Diseases of the circulatory system
- Diseases that destroy the myelin sheath (a protective covering that surrounds nerve cells)
- A medication overdose
Where can I find more information about locked-in syndrome?
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