While discussing the differences between UMN and LMN lesions, one of the most characteristic feature discussed is spastic and flaccid paralysis respectively. Since spinal shock syndrome requires severe damage to the spinal cord (complete transection for example), why does flaccid paralysis occur in this when there is an upper motor neuron damage?

I found ample resources referring to the stages and the features of spinal shock- from textbooks such as Snell's Clinical Neuroanatomy to research papers- but none of them made the distinction between spinal shock syndrome and an UMN lesion.

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