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what sort of disease is cerebral palsy (c.p.)?

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Dr. Sean MacKenzie
Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation 26 years experience
Brain damage: CP is a form of brain damage in early life. It could be from lack of oxygen to the brain, a bleed from a broken/burst blood vessel, head trauma and similar. The brain damage could be while the baby is still in the mother's womb (in-utero) or in the first year or two of life after birth. It can cause problems with learning, thinking, movement, sensation and communication.
Dr. Salil Gupta
Pediatrics 35 years experience
Abnormal muscle tone: CP is a non-progressive damage to white matter of brain, that part which control movement and tone of muscles. Most of the causes are genetic, chromosomal, metabolic and have onset before birth. Lack of oxygen during childbirth leading to CP is not a very common cause and many other things need to happen to link CP to lack of oxygen. Preterm babies and multiple gestation are risk factors too.
Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
It is an injury: CP results from an injury to the developing nervous system of fetus, newborn or todler caused by various events.Brain hemorrage, a cut off of oxygen, or occasionally tissue damage from a viral infection can produce the pattern. Each child is an individual event and > half of mild cases have no apparent cause.
Dr. Johanna Fricke
Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics 50 years experience
Cerebral palsy is a : Group of disorders of impaired motor functions that are described by the way they limit mobility & hand use. Most commonly from a fetal brain malformation or injury that occurred any time from the 3rd week of gestation till term, about 10-20% of cases occur from asphyxia during labor & delivery or in the first years of life. Pediatric, early intervention services & subspecialty care all help.

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Can fevers cause brain trauma and damage?

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Dr. Sharon Gilliland
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No: The typical fevers of childhood illnesses do not cause brain trauma and damage. If the fever is caused by an infection of the brain (meningitis or encephalitis), the infection can cause damage but not the fever. Fevers from heat stroke (in the 107 degree range or more) may cause brain damage but these are not typical fevers of childhood. They result from exposure to extreme heat.
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Is head banging a sign of a serious brain condition?

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Dr. Julia Stanford
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No: Rarely is this is a sign of a serious problem. Many children bang their heads as a way of "self soothing." the best approach is to make sure they are in a safe environment where they cannot hurt themselves and to try to distract the from the behavior. If worsening behavior or other symptoms develop, speak with your pediatrician about this.
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What is hemiplegia paralysis?

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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Half body weak: Hemiplegia means half the body. Paralysis means inability to move. Following a stroke a person may be paralysed on only one half of the body. Any damage to one side of the brain can result in paralysis of the opposite side of the body.
A 21-year-old female asked:

What effects does acohol and smoking have on brain tumor? How can I care for someone with brain tumor?

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Dr. William Goldie
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Part of the team: Brain tumors are either benign or malignant and are either primary or due to tumors elsewhere in the body. Any patient with brain tumor needs a team support. There may be a surgeon, cancer specialist, neurologist, radiation specialist, chemotherapy team, rehab therapists, psychological support, etc. You can help by being part of the team. Alcohol in small amounts should not harm but no smoking.
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A 43-year-old member asked:

I was in the ER and diagnosed with bell's palsy. The doctor told me don't believe anything I read...Nothing helps it to go away. Is there anything?

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Dr. William Goldie
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Perhaps: Bells palsy is an inflammation of the facial nerve. It is usually due to a virus and recovers without treatment. Recovery may be faster with short course steroids. If associated with herpes, Acyclovir may help.

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