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How helpful is hyperberic oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy ans autism?

How helpful is hyperberic oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy ans autism?

The very small : Amount of literature out there is between absolutely no effect and ambivalent when compared to sham air. So, there is no proof it works. I am all for anything that might help, but too many people spend the little bit of life savings they have on these therapies with false guarantees and I do not think that it appropriate. Hbot is good for many things, CP and autism are not them. ...Read more

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Palsy (Definition)

...is a corruption of French "paralise" from Latinized Greek "paralysis." In the old days it meant any kind of persistent weakness. To this day Parkinson's disease is also called "paralysis agitans" which is a Latin translation of Dr. Parkinson's original name for it, the "shaking palsy." We've obviously reborrowed the full form "paralysis" into English as well; today ...Read more


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Is there a new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Is there a  new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Just new terminology: The conditions you describe have been known for many decades. Europe has had specific centers dedicated to spastics for many years. There have been special clinics developed in the us for children with special needs - most due to conditions such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. We are now using words that are less threatening such as global developmental delay and mrcp. ...Read more

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A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

Yes ?: That is a condition common in micro premi's. If you have a specific related question please start over and submit it.You have essentially just provided a statement, but no clear question.Your submissions are not linked and go out at random to the public site. ...Read more

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Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Yes: All neurological problems are tips of the same iceberg, most types of brain problems have multiple manifestations, some are just more obvious than others. ...Read more

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I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

NO: CP is not a known cause of als. And ALS is not a result of cp. We do not know the cause of als. It has never been associated with cp. ...Read more

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Any treatment for cerebral palsy?

Supportive care: CP is a simple label for a complex collection of issues. The disorder of movement & posture is oft helped by physical & occupational therapy. Yet the child may also have vision, learning, communication, behavior & other pbs.A learned primary physician or CP clinic can coordinate the many added services needed for improved outcome. ...Read more

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Is there surgery for patient with cerebal palsy with hemiparesis?

Is there surgery for patient with cerebal palsy with hemiparesis?

No.: But that doesn't mean some new form of therapy is on the horizon. Neurosciences is definitely one of the most exciting fields today; it will lead to more close understanding of how our brains get as screwed up as they are, and then hopefully how to screw them on straight. Hurrah to my daughter, arielle, who is to become chief resident of neurology at nyu. ...Read more

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Help please! is cerebral palsy the outcome of all in utero stroke children?

Help please! is cerebral palsy the outcome of all in utero stroke children?

No: In-utero stroke patients come in all shapes and sizes. Some strokes are large and occur late in the pregnancy and can produce significant problems in the child including cp. Other strokes may be small and occur early enough in the pregnancy that the brain can repair itself before the child is born, and the child will develop perfectly normally. Most cases and outcomes lie in between these examples. ...Read more

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Are there any good rehab techniques for children with erb duchenne palsy?

Are there any good rehab techniques for children with erb duchenne palsy?

Yes: The main goal is to promote muscle lengthening, normal range of motion and hand-eye coordination; these are most effective if performed during infancy. Gentle stretching and passive range of motion exercises can be used. Most compensatory adaptation of movement the child tries to use should be discouraged, and normal movement encouraged. Check w/ a physiatrist or osteopathic doctor for specifics. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

No: Birth order is not a specific risk factor for cerebral palsy. It is however more likely to occur in children born prematurely. ...Read more

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Which type of charity events exist to support cerebral palsy?

Check your local: Check with your local group or children's hospital and they can direct you. ...Read more

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What causes motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

What causes motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

Loss of motor neuron: The brain has areas where the nerves that issue working signals to the muscles are located. For these nerves to grow and mature after conception, they need nutrients (oxygen, protein, carbohydrates) all brought to them by the normal flow of blood to their location. This is assured when blood flow in the placenta & brain is normal. Nerves die if nutrients are cut off, and this causes motor problems. ...Read more

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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Is hand spasm normal for people with cerebral palsy?

Likely: Spasm may be common in some types of cp. Newer treatments may be botox. In addition to seeing a neurologist and physiatrist. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about hyperbaric oxygen for cerebral palsy or autism?

Can you tell me about hyperbaric oxygen for cerebral palsy or autism?

HBOT ; autism: 1 study assessed the effects of increasing hyperbaric pressure by 3 to 30% in 2 to 7 Y.O. Children w autism spectrum disorders over 40 1 hour txs. There was reported “significant” improvement in 30% of children under pressure vice 8% in control group. I don't know what "significant " means. I don't believe that there is “proof” that hbot helps autism ; there are many intrinsic risks to hyperbaric. ...Read more

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Spastic cerebral palsy, what will be the treatment?

Botox: Agree with dr lotfi.In addition, some severe cases improve with Botox injections to relive the tightness, allowing more flexibility. ...Read more

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Would hyperbaric treatment help someone with cerebral palsy?

No: The injury that leads to CP has occurred & distroyed nerve pathways long before the symptoms become evident. Extra oxygen pushed by a hyperbaric chamber will not alter the process. ...Read more

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Can electrical stimulation work for my erb's palsy?

Can electrical stimulation work for my erb's palsy?

Electrical stimulati: It certainly could and its worth a try. However this should be done by directly stimulation on the spinal cord- it probably will not work in any other area. ...Read more

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I have a mild case of cerebral palsy and need help with driving. What devices are out there to help me?

I have a mild case of cerebral palsy and need help with driving. What devices are out there to help me?

See below: There are many adaptive devices for people with CP who want and need to drive. These include: left footed accelerators, hand controls for brake and gas, steering wheel adaptors that only require one hand and more. The best person to see for this is a physiatrist who can then assess you and make recommendations specifically designed for your needs. ...Read more

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How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?

Examination findings: There is no specific diagnostic test for cerebral palsy. The diagnosis is made on the basis of the findings on examination including abnormalities of muscle tone, limitation of movement at joints, and abnormality of reflexes. There may be developmental delay, speech problems and visual abnormalities accompanying the motor abnormanlities. ...Read more

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What causes cerebral palsy in child?

What  causes cerebral palsy in child?

Difficult to know: We understand that this relates to an injury to the nerves that control movement & posture within the region of the brain called the motor cortex. By definition the injury can happen any time from when the nerves form to the 3rd birthday (research definition).Whether this is from poor blood flow, silent stroke, low blood sugar, toxin or infection, no specific cause is apparent ...Read more

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What causes cerebral palsy in children?

What causes cerebral palsy in children?

Hard to say: CP is caused by any injury to motor cortex in the brain from the point they become active in pregnancy to the 3rd birthday (research definition).These include loss of oxygen, blood flow, glucose (fuel), infection, trauma, etc. Studies show over half those with symptoms evident by age 7 had a normal pregnancy labor and delivery. The extent of impairment is quite variable. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Non-progressive neur: We do not always know the reasons for Cerebral Palsy and we do not like to assign the Dx too early as some children might have slowdevelopment. Infants with CP might have spasticity of the extremities and trouble coordinating movements-which can later affect speech and swallowing. A Pediatrician should do a complete exam and you might mention your concerns so that if there is anyquestion-referral ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cerebral palsy (c.P.)?

What sort of disease is cerebral palsy (c.P.)?

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. ...Read more

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What are the main challenges of cerebral palsy?

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. ...Read more

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What are the signs, symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Motor delay: Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement because of an injury to the areas of the brain controling movement. They typically have delay attaining their motor milestones like sitting, crawling and walking. ...Read more

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What is cerebral palsy and how can it be treated?

What is cerebral palsy and how can it be treated?

Research definition: CP is a disorder of movement or posture related to brain injury that occurred from pregnancy until the third birthday. Injury can be from loss of blood flow, oxygen,infection,etc. It can be associated with many other related problems depending on the extent. Each case is somewhat unique,most are mild and improve with developmental therapy like P.T.Referral to a developmental center is appropriate. ...Read more

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What are the health challenges of cerebral palsy?

What are the health challenges of cerebral palsy?

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. ...Read more

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What exactly is cerebral palsy? How is it diagnosed?

What exactly is cerebral palsy? How is it diagnosed?

Not Dx by lab tests: Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement and posture related to a static brain injury. It is diagnosed clinically by physical findings.There are no "lab tests" for CP although many CP patients have other issues that require testing and treatment. ...Read more

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Which organs and systems are affected by cerebral palsy?

Varies: The primary systems involved in CP are the muscles and nervous involved in movement and maintaining posture. Abnormally high or low muscle tone and impairments in the control of these muscle are the hallmark of cp.Other systems can have associated problems, like seizures, visual defects and more. This is a broad diagnosis that varies from very mild to quite disabling, so its features also vary. ...Read more

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Woud you please discuss the challenges of cerebral palsy?

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. ...Read more

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Need expert help here. What are the causes of cerebral palsy?

Need expert help here. What are the causes of cerebral palsy?

Loss of motor neuron: The brain has areas where the nerves that issue working signals to the muscles are located. For these nerves to grow and mature after conception, they need nutrients (oxygen, protein, carbohydrates) all brought to them by the normal flow of blood to their location. This is assured when blood flow in the placenta ; brain is normal. Nerves die if nutrients are cut off, and this causes motor problems. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy curable?

By definition - NO: Cerebral palsy is a static encephalopathy. This means that it is a stable and permanent disorder of motor control. Many children learn to control so well that they may appear normal. Their disorder is present but just so well controlled that it takes special testing to detect. Other patients are severely affected and must be in wheelchairs with casts and braces and lots of special help. ...Read more

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How do you prevent cerebral palsy?

How do you prevent cerebral palsy?

Unknown: In a perfect world we would understand all the contributing factors & know how to stop them. But we don't. Studies of more than 50,000 pregnancies were reported in the late 70's.More than half the kids with some form of CP had a normal pregnancy, labor & delivery. In reality, the best you can do is pursue a healthy lifestyle during pregnancy with good prenatal care. ...Read more

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Is there are cure for cerebral palsy?

Is there are cure for cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy: CP is considered a 'static encephalopathy', meaning that it does not usually worsen with time. Unfortunately it is not curable, but physical and occupational therapies, certain medications and specialized educational programs can improve quality of life in most cases. Best wishes ...Read more

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Can someone with cerebral palsy walk?

Can someone with cerebral palsy walk?

Possibly: CP is a broad collection of movement disorders. Each case is unique & outcomes are variable. Early and agressive therapy and medical management of associated problems can provide a chance of upright mobility later. At some point the affected kid may let go of trying to move like others & decide s/he is too slow that way & a wheel chair or other assistive device makes life better. ...Read more

Dr. William Singer
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Paralysis (Definition)

A paralyzed limb cannot be voluntarily moved, and the term reflects leg involvement, paraplegia, full body, quadriplegia, and less than full, tetraplegia. Causes can be many, including stroke, trauma, ...Read more


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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

Refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not ...Read more