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A 31-year-old male asked:

i have cerebral palsy is it possible to be diagnosed with another neurological disorder like ms or als?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Yes: Over your lifetime you can develop a second disorder.Cp is defined by the static or stable nature of the brain injury, but that static injury can have result in more difficulty as you age due to the decreased mobility and lack of exercise needed to maintain unaffected activities. A second illness like ms or als, based on poorly understood factors can affect anyone.
Dr. William Singer
Pediatric Neurology 51 years experience
Cerebral Palsy: Having cerebral palsy does not present you from developing any other neurologic disorders.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Unfortunately, yes: Would certainly propose that if you have developed new problems or worsening of older issues, that this be thoroughly investigated, and diagnosed. There is no unusual susceptibility to another neurological disorder due to your CP, but no protection either.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Can people of any age get cerebral palsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
CP acquired< 3yo: By definition cerebral palsy is related to injury to the developing nervous system befort the 3rd birthday. (pregnancy, labor, delivery or the infancy years). Brain injury after that point is looked on as a different process similar to adult strokes or brain injury defects. The separation is more than random. Infants with CP have a greater recovery potential than adults with similar injuries.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

Does cerebral palsy get worse over time?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Generally not: By definition the injury causing CP creates a stable effect; that is you do not see deterioration of skills after they are acquired. Some nervous system disorders get worse with age as the injury is continuing, not cp. Some CP patients may choose a wheel chair later in life although they can still walk some for the convenience & speed. Most CP kids actually will get better over time with therapy.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Physical exam: Since infants do little more than feed & cuddle we must wait until they are a little older to begin showing abnormalities of muscle tone & difficulty acheiving motor skills before CP is suspected. I have suspected this as early as 6 months but it is often around a year before the features are evident enough to make the dx.Workup may look into look alike issues.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What causes cerebral palsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
Injury to nerves: CP results from an stable (non-progessive) injury to brain cells that are devoted to movement, muscle control & posture. The injury can be lack of nutrients (oxygen, glucose) due to blood flow problems or hemorrhage or infection (virus, parasite, bacteria).The injury can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 yrs.
A 21-year-old member asked:

What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics 46 years experience
An archaic Rx: In the 70's & 80"s a pt & ot in philli promoted a patterning method for cp. The method involved rebreathing co2 & moving body thru motions of fish/salimander/man to awaken the nerves. Psychological researchers showed the method was no better that simple visitation & encouragemt. For the pt&ot they were getting $30k in initial fees + followup.Well meaning but worthless rx follow many chronic pbs.

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