Doctor insights on: Adult onset cerebral palsy
...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
Can motor function in adults with cerebral palsy be lost or can it be post-impairment syndrome from cp?
Early studies only: Researchers have looked into stem cell treatment for cp. There are some promising early results. There are no randomized studies, which are the gold standard to test the effectiveness of stem cell transplantation in this patient population. ...Read more
Why do some parents want their children to act like an adult when they hit their 30's even if they have a disability like cerebral palsy?
Confusing question: An adult is an adult. The majority cerebral palsy patients have no cognitive impairment that would prevent acquiring adult self monitoring & awareness skills. Those that are mentally impaired need help with these issues but can learn them over time. Why wouldn't a parent want his kid to develop acceptable behavior pattern. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Do adults with cerebral palsy do this to pass stool and urine?, literally force and push it out manually with a finger?, I'm tired of this, help.
It happens: If/when the nerve deficits of CP or any other disorder interfere with the bodies emptying pattern, stool retention & excessive drying can result. Long term (constant) use of a stool wetting agent like MIRALAX and scheduled emptying (like every 8-12 hours) can reduce the problem. A diet that avoids bananas, dry cereals, apples can help. Peaches, pears, prunes and barley soften the stool. ...Read more
Could long term pediatric and adolescent use of Valium (spastic cerebral palsy) cause transient tachycardia as an adult?
Yes: The reproductive system in the vast majority of adults with CP is normal and they can have children. Cerebral palsy is not a cause of infertility. However, some people with CP have other disabilities or medical conditions that might make having children an issue. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Define "mild": Some clumsy people really have a very mild form of CP, but their issues seldom if ever cause limitations. Unless being chosen last for a pick up game is a limitation. Limitations are directly related to the intensity of the CP. With no more background information than you gave, we can not provide more specific comments. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Unexpected injury: On most but not all occasions pregnancy will produce happy healthy kids. CP is a disorder of movement & posture related to an injury to the movement centers of the brain that occurs anytime before the 3rd birthday. More than half occur after nl pregnancies, with nl labor, delivery & newborn period & nl first 3y. So some unknown event occurs to cause the damage. ...Read more
Have an office visit: Your regular doc may have the experience to provide you with the label you seek. The classifications revolve around which or how many limbs are involved, the type of muscle tone, the effect on mobility etc. Neurologists and or physical medicine specialists may also provide you with the information. ...Read more
Preemies?: Although many answers are possible children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are statistically more likely to have cp. This does not directly answer the question, but any condition which results in early birth could theoretically increase one person's risk of having a child affected by cp. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Check your local: Check with your local group or children's hospital and they can direct you. ...Read more
Variable diagnosis: Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement or posture related to injury to nerves controlling those functions that occurred some time in the developmental period. (pregnancy to age 3y) it implys a permanent but stable process, where new injury or deterioration is not expected, but might occur from lack of use. Adults with mild CP have relatively normal lives. ...Read more
Non progressive: cerebral palsy is a non progressive condition. You should not expect yoiur current condition to deteriorate from a nervous system standpint. However, since you have been recently diagnosed, I expect you have some orthopedic issues, they may become a bit more problematic. I would see a physical medicine specialist for an evaluation. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Learn to adapt: The important goal is to be as normal as possible. Clever therapists can help. Independence in dressing, washing, feeding, and even toileting are important goals. Ability to be out in stores and restaurants is very important. Good communication is very important. These skills may need special adaptive aides and special training. What was impossible is now possible. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers