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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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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 diagnosis code can I use for an adult with cerebral palsy?

What diagnosis code can I use for an adult with cerebral palsy?

343 series: Although the names of the codes can include infantile they still apply to adults that developed as infant or are congenital. ...Read more

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What type of doctor best treats an adult patient with moderate cerebral palsy?

Rehab physician: Depends on the problem, but for overall cp-related care i would recommend a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (pm&r). For seizures, a neurologist; for constipation and gerd, gi. For scoliosis or hip pain, orthopedics. ...Read more

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What are the stem cell therapies for adults with cerebral palsy?

Early studies only: Researchers have looked into stem cell treatment for cp. There are some promising early results. There are no randomized studies, which are the gold standard to test the effectiveness of stem cell transplantation in this patient population. ...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?

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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How soon after my child is born will I know if she has cerebral palsy?

It depends : There are certain milestones that we look for, among them head control, independent sitting, the achievement of mature reflexes and the loss of immature reflexes. Your pediatrician will monitor for these and make referrals as necessary. ...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 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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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