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How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?

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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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 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?

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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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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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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Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Spasticity: CP and myoclonus involve over active stretch reflexes. They are caused by release of these reflexes from higher cortical brain control. ...Read more

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What's the treatment for cerebral palsy?

What's the 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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