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Is cerebral palsy a genetic disorder?

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Dr. Kelley Clark
Dr. Kelley Clarkanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 31 years experience
Generally not: There are many causes for cerebral palsy. Most are a result of injury or abnormal development to the brain during pregnancy (75-80%). Less than 10% is associated with events related to labor/delivery. The remainder occur after delivery. Some of the causes include infection, bleeds, complications of prematurity, hypoxia (decreased oxygen levels) and certain birth defects.
Dr. Cristina Carballo
Dr. Cristina Carballoanswered
Neonatology 39 years experience
No: Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by many things including but not limited to, poor intrauterine envirmonment, perinatal infection, prematurity with brain bleed and lack of o2 prior to or at the time of delivery.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Maternal-Fetal Medicine 47 years experience
Cerebral Palsy: There are genetic disorders which cause symptoms similar to cerebral palsy. However, cerebral palsy is caused by death or damage of part of the brain. Most causes of true cerebral palsy are unknown. It is known that being born premature, lack of normal amounts of oxygen during the pregnancy, and infection increases the risk of cerebral palsy.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is cerebral palsy a disease or a genetic disorder?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It is an injury: CP results from an injury to the developing nervous system of fetus, newborn or todler caused by various events.Brain hemorrage, a cut off of oxygen, or occasionally tissue damage from a viral infection can produce the pattern. Each child is an individual event and > half of mild cases have no apparent cause.

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