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Doctor insights on: Difference Between Cerebral Palsy And Autism

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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

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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The neuro my 2 year old daughter sees is testing her for autism and that's it. I think she may have cerebral palsy how can I get her tested.!?

The neuro my 2 year old daughter sees is testing her for autism and that's it. I think she may have cerebral palsy how can I get her tested.!?

Hx & Exam: The definition of CP is a disorder of movement & posture due to injury to the developing nervous system that ocrurred anytime from pregnancy to 3 yrs of age. If you have seen a neuro & s/he is not concerned about the kids movements, you have been checked. However, there are mild forms of CP that may not become evident untill more refined movements are expected as an older child. ...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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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

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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Is there a difference between cerebral palsy and a spastic hemiparesis?

Categorical: "cp" is a group of chronic motor impairments defined by functional limitations in mobility & hand use from neurological dysfunction, not by underlying cause. Impaired control of movement & posture appears early in life, usually from prenatal brain malformation or injury. Spastic=increased muscle tone with decreased voluntary movement hemi-one-sided paresis-weakness is a form of cp. ...Read more

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What is the difference between cerebral palsy and spastic hemiparesis or diplegia?

What is the difference between cerebral palsy and spastic hemiparesis or diplegia?

Terminology: Spastic diplegia refers to spasticity that primarily affects the legs, and spastic hemiplegia primarily affects one side of the body (arm and leg). Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain and can present as either. ...Read more

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What is the difference between Angelman syndrome and cerebral palsy?

What is the difference between Angelman syndrome and cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is: A group of motor disorders named by affected body parts & muscle tone caused by lack of blood & oxygen flow to the fetal brain's white matter, rarely from perinatal or postnatal brain damage < age 3 yrs. A genetic accident causes an absent maternal UBE3A gene, 2 paternal genes or only an active paternal gene on Chr. 15q11.2-q13 with characteristic "happy puppet" movements in Angelman Syndrome. ...Read more

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It'd be possible that a person with cerebral palsy start to walk on their own if they pratice alot?

It'd be possible that a person with cerebral palsy start to walk on their own if they pratice alot?

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 herbs help treat cerebral palsy?

Can herbs help treat cerebral palsy?

Not specifically: Herbs can provide nutrients to all of us as part of balanced nutrition.They do not change the perminant brain injury that is the basis for cerebral palsy.Proper assessment and treatment by a team of physical and occupational therapists is the standard of care for cp. Additional support for medical needs and balanced nutrition provide the best chance of optimal function. ...Read more

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Can people of any age get cerebral palsy?

Can people of any age get cerebral palsy?

No: Cerebral palsy is due to a brain injury sustained before age two. The brain injury is stable, but the manifestations of the injury can change. Once you have been diagnosed with cp, you always have it. Adults can be diagnosed with a CP only if it was missed as a child. ...Read more

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What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

Trouble with moving: Cerebral plasy specifically refers to a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain. So the hallmark is trouble with motor development. ...Read more

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What can someone with cerebral palsy do to exercise?

Many do: Exercise is recommended for those within the bounds of any physical impairment they have. Most of those who have CP have milder forms & can keep up with the rest of us in many activities. ...Read more

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What do people with severe cerebral palsy understand?

Variable: Cerebral palsy is a term covering a broad range of motor handicap, many of which are associated with intellectual handicap as well. Children with spastic diplegia (legs more involved than upper extremities) may have normal or near normal intelligence. So may choreoathetoid patients, those with writhing movements of the extremities, who communicate with technologiy devices. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a child with mild cerebral palsy?

Clumsiness and stiff: Cerebral palsy is a neurologic disorder related to damage to the motor system of the brain. The most common symptoms are stiffness of muscles, tightness of joints and clumsiness. ...Read more

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Can mild cerebral palsy have mental or physical limitations?

Hard to say: Cerebral palsy by convention implies an injury to specific areas of the brain controlling motor movements. If other brain areas are affected by the same event, other issues can be linked. This includes more likelihood of seizures, learning, etc. The milder the CP the less likely other areas that control speech, personality, learning, etc. But it is still possible. ...Read more

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My friend has cerebral palsy, how do I know if he still has it?

Still has it: Cerebral palsy is due to a brain injury sustained before age two. The brain injury is stable, but the manifestations of the injury can change. Once you have been diagnosed with cp, you always have it. ...Read more

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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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What are the procedures available for people with cerebral palsy?

What are the procedures available for people with cerebral palsy?

It depends: Are you referring to musculoskeletal issues? If so, there has been a lot of great research on helping children and young adults in this regard with both operative and non-operative treatments. Consult a pediatric orthopaedist who treats cp. ...Read more

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How do my boyfriend and I marry when we both have cerebral palsy?

Same as if not: The issues of compadibility and love do not require a pre-participation exam. All relationships will encounter problems over time and those problems can be dealt with better as a team than solo. Look to your famalies for support. ...Read more

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Autism Spectrum Disorder (Definition)

ASD are a spectrum of disorders of varying degrees that are characterized by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors. Autism statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) identify around 1 in 68 American children as ...Read more


Dr. Johanna Fricke
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Autism (Definition)

A neurodevelopmental disorder affecting three areas: abnormal socialization, communication, and restricted interests with repetitive patterns of behavior. It is usually detected in the first two years of life. Cause is unknown but strong evidence points to an interplay between ...Read more