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Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Yes: All neurological problems are tips of the same iceberg, most types of brain problems have multiple manifestations, some are just more obvious than others. ...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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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 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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Please describe to me what is cerebral palsy global developmental delay.?

Gereralized neuro: Cerebral palsy is an acquired brain damage manifesting itself as abnormal motor development, spasticity or marked decrease in muscle tone. Global developmental delay indicates that all aspects of developmental aspects, language, motor, social areas. ...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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Can you tell me about hyperbaric oxygen for cerebral palsy or autism?

Can you tell me about hyperbaric oxygen for cerebral palsy or autism?

HBOT ; autism: 1 study assessed the effects of increasing hyperbaric pressure by 3 to 30% in 2 to 7 Y.O. Children w autism spectrum disorders over 40 1 hour txs. There was reported “significant” improvement in 30% of children under pressure vice 8% in control group. I don't know what "significant " means. I don't believe that there is “proof” that hbot helps autism ; there are many intrinsic risks to hyperbaric. ...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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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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Explain the condition called infant cerebral palsy.?

Explain the condition called infant cerebral palsy.?

Motor deficit: Cerebral palsy is defined as a disorder of movement & posture caused by an injury to the developing nervous system that occurs before the 3rd birthday.Origins are diverse from oxygen loss in the womb to infections of the brain & more. Impairment interferes with smooth control large or small movements. There can be additional separate issues but CP focuses on the movement. ...Read more

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Cerebeller atrophy possibility to child walking?

Cerebeller atrophy possibility to child walking?

Not sure question: the cerebellum has an immense amount of impact on balance and walking ability. Thus if there is cerebellar atrophy, there certainly could be delays of the motor function of walking. If you have further question beyond this, please resubmit the question. Thanks! ...Read more

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A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

Yes ?: That is a condition common in micro premi's. If you have a specific related question please start over and submit it.You have essentially just provided a statement, but no clear question.Your submissions are not linked and go out at random to the public site. ...Read more

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I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

NO: CP is not a known cause of als. And ALS is not a result of cp. We do not know the cause of als. It has never been associated with cp. ...Read more

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Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Yes: Epilepsy refers to a seizure disorder. Children with CP have a static brain injury. This can result in some cases in abnormal bursts of activity (seizures). Not every child w CP has seizures but certainly more than the general population. ...Read more

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How helpful is hyperberic oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy ans autism?

How helpful is hyperberic oxygen therapy for cerebral palsy ans autism?

The very small : Amount of literature out there is between absolutely no effect and ambivalent when compared to sham air. So, there is no proof it works. I am all for anything that might help, but too many people spend the little bit of life savings they have on these therapies with false guarantees and I do not think that it appropriate. Hbot is good for many things, CP and autism are not them. ...Read more

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Overheard medical student talking with pediatrician in the hall. What is cerebral palsy?

Overheard medical student talking with pediatrician in the hall. What is cerebral palsy?

Please see below.: Cerebral palsy (CP) is actually a group of disorders where there is a problem with development of movement and posture; this limits activity. It's attributed to disturbances that occurred in the brain of a developing fetus or infant. Changes in sensation, intelligence, speech, behavior and/or a seizure disorder may accompany the abnormalities of muscle function. ...Read more

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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

No: Birth order is not a specific risk factor for cerebral palsy. It is however more likely to occur in children born prematurely. ...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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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)

A group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect the ability to control movement of ...Read more