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Cerebral palsy & mental illness common?

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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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 drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Not directly: Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to an immature brain. It typically occurs when a child is born early or has an event where they have inadequate blood suppply or oxygen to the brain for a signifcant length of time. ...Read more

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What could cause a couple to have 2 kids with cerebral palsy?

What could cause a couple to have 2 kids with cerebral palsy?

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 more

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Hello docs, is cerebral palsy a disease and is it hereditary?

Hello docs, is cerebral palsy a disease and is it hereditary?

Injury to nerves: CP results from a stable (non-progressive) 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. It is not inherited or caught. ...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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What is the best method to relieve spasticity caused by cerebral palsy?

What is the best method to relieve spasticity caused by cerebral palsy?

Individualized plan: There is no one answer to this question. There are many good treatments for spasticity, but which one is best for any patient depends on that individual patients needs and how their spasticity affects them. The best plan is to meet with someone who specializes in spasticity treatment (physiatry or neurology) and discuss your specific concerns. ...Read more

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What goes wrong in terms of cell communication that causes cerebral palsy?

Not a cell issue: Cerebral palsy is by definition a non-progressive brain injury that occurs before the age of 2. As such it is not necessarily a cell issue but more of a global brain issue. As such the etiology and presentation is variable. ...Read more

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What goes wrong (in terms of cell communication) that causes cerebral palsy?

Bad wiring: CP results from an injury to the nervous system that destroys the normal brain tissue.That stops link between brain cells and the channels (wiring) that would carry messages that allow normal movement. ...Read more

Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not get worse over time. Spastic diplegia is the most common type of cerebral palsy and is characterized by increased muscle ...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