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is cerebral palsy a genetic disorder?

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Dr. Kelley Clark
30 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
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.
Answered on Feb 2, 2015
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