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What are the main challenges of cerebral palsy?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Attempt to be normal: Cerebral palsy is a static encephalopathy that causes difficulty with control of parts of the body. Some patients also have mental retardation and epilepsy, and many with have significant orthopedic problems. However, given the proper treatment and therapy, many patients can lead very normal and productive lives.
Dr. Keith Baldwin
Pediatric Orthopedic Surgery 15 years experience
Several: I can explain only the orthopedic aspects of CP as that is my specialty. There are primary secondary and tertiary issues in cp. The primary issue is in the brain. The secondary issues are deformity or spasticity, athetoid movements or balance issues that result from the primary issue. Then there are tertiary issues which are compensations for the secondary issues.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Developmental aspect: The ability to move, explore & compare objects is important for learning non-verbal problem-solving. Fine (hand) & gross (leg) motor delays impact independent feeding, toileting & dressing, as well as pre-school paper&pencil tasks. Oral motor problems impact eating & speaking. Therapy to improve quality of movements is important in infants at-risk for CP with transition to school district at 3.

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What are the health challenges of cerebral palsy?

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Dr. Eric Levey
Pediatrics 28 years experience
Depends on severity: Children with mild CP may be as healthy as typically developing children, just with some motor disability. Children with severe CP often have swallowing problems that can lead to undernutrition and aspiration. They can have recurrent respiratory problems. They can also have gastroesophageal reflux and constipation.
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Woud you please discuss the challenges of cerebral palsy?

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Dr. Clarence Watridge
Neurosurgery 46 years experience
Depends: Cerebral palsy means a physical or brain deficit from a brain injury. Sometimes the intellect is unaffected and limbs are weak and spastic. Some intelligence loss can also be a problem. Eye movements and gaze can be affected. It depends on what part of the brain incurred an injury in the abnormal functions that result.
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What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

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Dr. Hank Chambers
Pediatric Sports Medicine 39 years experience
Movement problems: One of the biggest problems facing children with cerebral palsy is spasticity which is increased tone in the muscles. This cause problems walking, using their upper extremities, sometimes speaking or swallowing. Children with more severe cerebral palsy also have seizure disorders and cognitive problems. Unfortunately almost all organ systems are affected by cp.

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