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How come children with cerebral palsy get dislocated hips?

How come children with cerebral palsy get dislocated hips?

It's complicated: There are a few reasons why this happens. Primarily it has to do with the imbalance muscle tone. There is a definite correlation to the level of severity and the risk of having a dislocated hip. In other words, the more severely affected a child is, the greater the risk of having a dislocated hip. ...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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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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Is it possible for someone with cerebral palsy produce children?

Is it possible for someone with cerebral palsy produce children?

Yes: Children with cerebral palsy have a disorder of their nervous system, they are reproductively normal, though they sometimes have orthopedic and medical issues that can make pregnancy difficult. ...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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If your first child is born at full-term with cerebral palsy, how likely are your future children to be affected?

If your first child is born at full-term with cerebral palsy, how likely are your future children to be affected?

Not clear cut: It really depends on the cause. Often there is some identifiable risk factor or cause. For example the child who needs resuscitation at birth or had complicated pregnancy or delivery is more at risk and may not affect your risk of future affected children. But if the child has it as a result of a genetic disorder or a condition in the mom it could put you at risk of recurrence. ...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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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?

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 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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Can someone with cerebral palsy have kids?

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 more

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Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

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 more

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Why did my friend have a child with cerebral palsy?

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

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How can I know which kind of cerebral palsy do I have?

How can I know which kind of cerebral palsy do I have?

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

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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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Which type of charity events exist to support cerebral palsy?

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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I just found out I have mild cerebral palsy. What can I expect?

I just found out I have mild cerebral palsy. What can I expect?

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

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I just found out I have mild cerebral palsy. What is in store for me?

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 more

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How should you deal with your limitations when you have cerebral palsy?

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 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

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What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

What are the early signs of cerebral palsy?

Early handedness: An early preferance for the use of one hand (handedness before 18 months of age), fisting of the hands and scissoring of the legs are often early subtle signs of cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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Will a child with cerebral palsy ever walk?

Will a child with cerebral palsy ever walk?

Hard to speculate: You provide no background on the case if there is one that you have an interest in. CP can be so mild a person never knows it in their lifetime unless they by chance have specialized neurological testing. It can also be so involved, they are totally dependent on others for all their needs. The majority are independent and self sufficient. Some abandon walking to gain speed with a wheeled device. ...Read more

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What are signs and symptoms cerebral palsy?

Delayed motor skills: CP kids often have a delay in showing motor skills, abnormally stiff of loose muscle tone, handedness before their 1st birthday ; abnormal movements. A history of a related risk factor is also likely. As the patient ages, the long term effect of the disorder varies. Although the process is stable, more trouble with mobility may be evident as lifestyle demands more movement. ...Read more

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Can people with cerebral palsy wear diapers?

Can people with cerebral palsy wear diapers?

If practical, yes: Care for an individual with motor problems may involve the use of whatever assistive aids are practical. Diapers can help with those who with chronic leaking, or difficulty getting to the bathroom when needed. It can increase need for monitoring skin care needs, but it is far less intrusive than some methods. ...Read more

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What are the signs and symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Abnormal movement: CP is basically when events that happen around birth end up affecting the brain, resulting in uncoordinated and limited movements or result in abnormal posture. Different muscle groups can be hypertonic (too much tone) or hypotonic (too little tone). If your child has these kind of worrisome movements, please c ur pediatrician. ...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