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Can people of any age get cerebral palsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
CP acquired< 3yo: By definition cerebral palsy is related to injury to the developing nervous system befort the 3rd birthday. (pregnancy, labor, delivery or the infancy years). Brain injury after that point is looked on as a different process similar to adult strokes or brain injury defects. The separation is more than random. Infants with CP have a greater recovery potential than adults with similar injuries.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Acquired form: The more common form of cerebral palsy is the congenital form that is present from birth and is usually associated with defects of the brain or injury to the developing brain. Later injuries including strokes and trauma may cause severe motor problems that can then be classified as a form of acquired cerebral palsy. It then is just a matter of terminology: static encephalopathy affecting motor.
Dr. George Gantsoudes
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 17 years experience
No: Cerebral palsy is due to a brain injury sustained before age two. The brain injury is stable, but the manifestations of the injury can change. Once you have been diagnosed with cp, you always have it. Adults can be diagnosed with a CP only if it was missed as a child.

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