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A 29-year-old member asked:

Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 21 years experience
Not directly: Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to an immature brain. It typically occurs when a child is born early or has an event where they have inadequate blood suppply or oxygen to the brain for a signifcant length of time.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Not that we know: More than half of kids with CP will occur with normal (no drugs) pregnancy,labor & delivery.The triggering event is a variable brain injury to the motor centers of the brain at any point from its formation up to the 3rd birthday.Things that would interfere with blood flow or oxygen distribution would be expected. Since we don't know all the side effects of unspecified drugs we don't know for sure
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A 40-year-old member asked:

What causes cerebral palsy in child?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 49 years experience
Damage to the brain: Cerebral palsy is a term used to label a child who has a static encephalopathy. There are many different types and degrees of dysfunction that fall within that label. There are abnormalities of motor function found on neurological examination, but the child may be quite intelligent and otherwise normal. The cause is complex but involves damage to motor control areas of the brain.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

What causes cerebral palsy in children?

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Dr. HARRY OPSIMOS
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Pediatric Pulmonology 23 years experience
Various causes: It is often not known, but any injury to the brain, whether through an infection, or inflammation or low oxygen, or other, can potentially lead to cerebral palsy. Those insults often happen early on in life or even during fetal stages of life.
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A 36-year-old member asked:

Need expert help here. What are the causes of cerebral palsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 47 years experience
Loss of motor neuron: The brain has areas where the nerves that issue working signals to the muscles are located. For these nerves to grow and mature after conception, they need nutrients (oxygen, protein, carbohydrates) all brought to them by the normal flow of blood to their location. This is assured when blood flow in the placenta ; brain is normal. Nerves die if nutrients are cut off, and this causes motor problems.
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A 45-year-old member asked:

What could cause a couple to have 2 kids with cerebral palsy?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 49 years experience
Bad luck: Some women have trouble during pregnancy. Even without any outward signs the woman may carry an infection or carry a risk for thrombosis that can damage the fetus and result in cerebral palsy. Detailed discussions should occur with her doctor.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Can cerebral palsy be caused by damage during adulthood, or do you have to be a child?

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Dr. Jason Rudolph
29 years experience
No : Cerebral palsy is a condition related to a brain injury that occurs during birth. One can't develop cerebral palsy.
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