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How long willsomeone with cerebral palsy normally live?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 50 years experience
Nice and normal time: In the absence of severe medical complications, the condition of cerebral palsy alone should not limit a nice normal life. Some patients do have epilepsy and severe swallowing difficulties that lead to aspiration. These conditions need to be treated aggressively and appropriately.
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Hard to speculate: CP varies widely in its effect on a persons function. It can be so mile they never know it until they have a thorough neurologic exam, or so major they are bedridden & need total assistance. The potential would be based on their level of impairment & the access they have to good care.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

How long will someone with cerebral palsy normally live?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Depends on situation: A majority of CP patients with mild movement problems & no additional related complications will live a normal lifespan. Those with added issues such as seizure disorders can expect less. I have had patients with major, multi-system involvement that never made it through puberty. Each case is somewhat unique & prognosis defined by the level of involvement.
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A 38-year-old member asked:

How long does someone with mild-mod cerebral palsy normally live?

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 22 years experience
In their own way: Normal is different for everybody, so this is a little hard to define. But many people with cerebral palsy can lead happy productive lives and even pursue education, marriage, and employment. The best way to know what is available is to have consultation with a physical medicine and rehabiltation specialist.
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