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Is there a difference between cerebral palsy and a spastic hemiparesis?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
Pediatrics - Developmental and Behavioral 52 years experience
Categorical : "cp" is a group of chronic motor impairments defined by functional limitations in mobility & hand use from neurological dysfunction, not by underlying cause.Impaired control of movement & posture appears early in life, usually from prenatal brain malformation or injury. Spastic=increased muscle tone with decreased voluntary movement hemi-one-sided paresis-weakness is a form of cp.
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