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Doctor insights on: Angelman Syndrome Vs Cerebral Palsy

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What is the difference between Angelman syndrome and cerebral palsy?

What is the difference between Angelman syndrome and cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is: A group of motor disorders named by affected body parts & muscle tone caused by lack of blood & oxygen flow to the fetal brain's white matter, rarely from perinatal or postnatal brain damage < age 3 yrs. A genetic accident causes an absent maternal UBE3A gene, 2 paternal genes or only an active paternal gene on Chr. 15q11.2-q13 with characteristic "happy puppet" movements in Angelman Syndrome. ...Read more

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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Can I have both asperger's syndrome and cerebral palsy?

Can I have both asperger's syndrome and cerebral palsy?

Aspergers: Yes for sure but seek out a good md and licensed psychologist who can differentiate issues associated with both. Autism spectrum and aspergers in 8 mins. Check it!
http://youtu. Be/xg1ngp1ngds. ...Read more

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Can motor function in adults with cerebral palsy be lost or can it be post-impairment syndrome from cp?

Can motor function in adults with cerebral palsy be lost or can it be post-impairment syndrome from cp?

Not progressive: Motor function does not usually deteriorate in adults with cerebral palsy- from the cerebral palsy itself. However, decreased activity and sub optimally treated spasm can lead to pressure impairments. You should see a physiatrist. ...Read more

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Are cerebral palsy, osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome passed on to your children?

Are cerebral palsy, osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome passed on to your children?

No, no, maybe: CP is an injury to the developing nervous system, it is not inherited. There are several forms of Osteogenisis imperfecta and their inherance varies. Some do not survive infancy, some require an OI gene from both parents.Down syndrome males are usually sterile, females can reproduce and just under 50% of their babies would be DS. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a baby knowing my partner would more than likely pass on cerebral palsy or osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome to the baby?

What to do if I have a baby knowing my partner would more than likely pass on cerebral palsy or osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome to the baby?

Confusing question: Neither cerebral palsy or Down syndrome are passed to the next generation. To know the risk for osteogenesis imperfecta would require the actual form, There are more than a dozen, and some are dominant and some recessive. Sounds like you should consult with a medical geneticist to see what the true risks would be in your situation. ...Read more

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What do you recommend for cerebral palsy?

Gait analysis: CP is just the name for static motor dysfunction---
depending on the degree and type of cerebral palsy treatment include physical therapy, botox, serial casting, tendon lengthening, rhizotomy, baclofen, and a lot of other good ideasneed to see a doctor specializing and interested. ...Read more

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I have cerebral palsy, how can I exercise?

Depends on the type: Cerebral palsy is a disorder due to a static brain insult. It has many causes, an many manifestations. There are forms which can cause tight dysfunctional muscles, movement disorders or a mix of both. Additionally 1, 2, 3 or all 4 limbs can be involved. A physical therapist is best suited to recommend exercises ideally suited to maximize function. ...Read more

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How can cerebral palsy affect your organs?

How can cerebral palsy affect your organs?

Generally doesn't: By definition, CP is a condition where brain injury to the motor cortex effects movement & posture. It does so by interfering with nerve messages that would go to skeletal muscles. It has no direct effect on the bodies organs. If the injury that created the CP was extensive enough, it could trigger seizures. Visual defects or similar secondary problems. However, this is from the extra injury. ...Read more

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Could I drive if I have mild cerebral palsy?

Have driving assessm: If your cp does not interfere with your being able to handle the car mechanicals, you should be able to drive. Cars can be fitted with eqipment to facilitate your driving. I suggest an evaluation at a rehabilitation facility that does driving evaluations and could recommend equipment if necessary such as hand controls to replace accelerator ond break peddle if needed. ...Read more

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Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

No: Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that is acquired as a result of a brain injury during a pregnancy, during labor or shortly after birth. There are neurologic disorders that ultimately result in motor abnormalities, but they are not cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What are the different level of cerebral palsy?

Not simple to answer: Cerebral palsy is not a disease but is a description of motor behavior that is outside the normal. Most CP is due to brain damage or brain malformations during fetal development or during the labor and delivery process. However, some cases result from trauma or infection or strokes that can occur after birth. It is a static condition that can improve and can be mild, moderate or severe. ...Read more

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With cerebral palsy should I be taking medicine?

Confusing question: CP is a stable defect in movement and posture related to an injury to the nervous system that occurred in the first 3 years of life. There is no "medicine" to treat CP, but a patient with the disorder may have a variety of related problems (seizures, excess salivation, etc) that might benefit from medication. ...Read more

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What are tests for cerebral palsy diagnosis please?

No tests for CP: There are no tests specific for cerebral palsy. The diagnosis is made on clinical examination results. CAT scan or MRI is used to determine what happened to the brain. There are some blood tests for intrauterine infection that are used. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can cerebral palsy be acquired?

Brain injury: By definition, CP is a disorder of motion or posture resulting from injury to the nerve centers responsible for this function at some point before the 3rd birthday. It can be due to an insult during pregnancy labor, delivery or infancy. Infection, lack of oxygen or blood flow are common factors. ...Read more

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Can cerebral palsy be cured, or at least reversed partly?

Can cerebral palsy be cured, or at least reversed partly?

Some > than others: CP is a broad term applied to a disorder of movement & posture related to brain injury occurring at any time from pregnancy to the 3rd birthday. If the muscle control centers of the brain have been damaged, those cells are lost. Babies have some ability to re-wire some functions, so PT can help. Most improve some with age, some have major difficulties in life ...Read more

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What is the likelihood of my child having cerebral palsy?

What is the likelihood of my child having cerebral palsy?

Low: The largest group of newborns (45, 000) followed for 7 years in the collaborative perinatal project gave an incidence of 4/1000 births. Interestingly, most had a history of a normal pregnancy, labor and delivery, so the exact reason for their problem was unclear. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cerebral palsy?

Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way) and muscle tone. It due to brain damage that occurs in utero, at time of birth or within first 3-5 years of age. This brain damage can also affect vision, hearing, speech and learning disabilities. ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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I've got cerebral palsy. Could any kids I've have have it too?

I've got cerebral palsy. Could any kids I've have have it too?

Depends: Most CP originates from an unexplained injury to the brain's motor centers at some time during pregnancy. This could have been a period of low oxygen or a mini stroke, none of which can be passed to your offspring. There are a fer genetic condition that predispose someone to excess clotting or have other CP related features. A review with your doc or a geneticist could be more specific to your case. ...Read more

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What do I do for someone who has cerebral palsy and is intelligent?

Be a friend: The best way to help someone with any disability is to treat them as human beings. No one is asking for pity. They are asking to be your friend and supporter. They may need some physical accommodations like help in transportation and it may take more time to communicate with them. Treat them as you would any of your other friends who ask for you help. ...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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Is cerebral palsy contagious?

Is cerebral palsy contagious?

No: It is not caused by an infectious agent like a bacteria or virus. ...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

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Cerebral palsy & mental illness common?

Behavior cer palsy: Behavioral problems are common in children with cerebral palsy. Child psychiatric disorders were found in 57% of the children, including 28 children meeting criteria for an attention deficit disorder, which was the most common (bjorgaas et al 2012) communication problem was significantly associated with having a psychiatric disorder. Early evaluation for children with CP may prevent severe behavio. ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy affect your hearing?

Does cerebral palsy affect your hearing?

Rarely: CP involves an insult to the motor cortex of the brain physically located away from all the brain centers involved with hearing. The injury could occur at any point & is often thought to be infection, poor blood flow or oxygen deficit in the area. If the injury/infection/event that triggers the motor injury also attacks the hearing mechanism it might be involved. But this is an exception not the rule ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy run in some families?

No: Cerebral Palsy is the result of a brain injury experienced during the pregnancy, labor or delivery. It is not inheritable. However, there are other conditions that can mimic the appearance of cerebral palsy. You shoud consult a pediatric neurologist or genetics specialist for more information. ...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


Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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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