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Doctor insights on: Diplegic Infantile Cerebral Palsy

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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 do you recommend for cerebral palsy?

Gait analysis: CP is just the name for static motor dysfunction--- depending on the degree and type of cerebral palsy treatment include physical therapy, botox, serial casting, tendon lengthening, rhizotomy, baclofen, and a lot of other good ideasneed to see a doctor specializing and interested. ...Read more

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I have cerebral palsy, how can I exercise?

I have cerebral palsy, how can I exercise?

Depends on the type: Cerebral palsy is a disorder due to a static brain insult. It has many causes, an many manifestations. There are forms which can cause tight dysfunctional muscles, movement disorders or a mix of both. Additionally 1, 2, 3 or all 4 limbs can be involved. A physical therapist is best suited to recommend exercises ideally suited to maximize function. ...Read more

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How can cerebral palsy affect your organs?

How can cerebral palsy affect your organs?

Generally doesn't: By definition, CP is a condition where brain injury to the motor cortex effects movement & posture. It does so by interfering with nerve messages that would go to skeletal muscles. It has no direct effect on the bodies organs. If the injury that created the CP was extensive enough, it could trigger seizures. visual defects or similar secondary problems. However, this is from the extra injury. ...Read more

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Could i drive if I have mild cerebral palsy?

Could i drive if I have mild cerebral palsy?

Have driving assessm: If your cp does not interfere with your being able to handle the car mechanicals, you should be able to drive. Cars can be fitted with eqipment to facilitate your driving. I suggest an evaluation at a rehabilitation facility that does driving evaluations and could recommend equipment if necessary such as hand controls to replace accelerator ond break peddle if needed. ...Read more

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Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

No: Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that is acquired as a result of a brain injury during a pregnancy, during labor or shortly after birth. There are neurologic disorders that ultimately result in motor abnormalities, but they are not cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What are the different level of cerebral palsy?

Not simple to answer: Cerebral palsy is not a disease but is a description of motor behavior that is outside the normal. Most CP is due to brain damage or brain malformations during fetal development or during the labor and delivery process. However, some cases result from trauma or infection or strokes that can occur after birth. It is a static condition that can improve and can be mild, moderate or severe. ...Read more

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With cerebral palsy should I be taking medicine?

Confusing question: CP is a stable defect in movement and posture related to an injury to the nervous system that occurred in the first 3 years of life. There is no "medicine" to treat CP, but a patient with the disorder may have a variety of related problems (seizures, excess salivation,etc) that might benefit from medication. ...Read more

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What are tests for cerebral palsy diagnosis please?

No tests for CP: There are no tests specific for cerebral palsy. The diagnosis is made on clinical examination results. CAT scan or MRI is used to determine what happened to the brain. There are some blood tests for intrauterine infection that are used. ...Read more

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I was just wondering how can cerebral palsy be acquired?

Brain injury: By definition, CP is a disorder of motion or posture resulting from injury to the nerve centers responsible for this function at some point before the 3rd birthday. It can be due to an insult during pregnancy labor, delivery or infancy. Infection, lack of oxygen or blood flow are common factors. ...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 is the likelihood of my child having cerebral palsy?

What is the likelihood of my child having cerebral palsy?

Low: The largest group of newborns(45, 000) followed for 7 years in the collaborative perinatal project gave an incidence of 4/1000 births.Interestingly, most had a history of a normal pregnancy, labor and delivery, so the exact reason for their problem was unclear. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Cerebral palsy?

Cerebral Palsy: Cerebral palsy is a disorder that affects motor skills (the ability to move in a coordinated and purposeful way) and muscle tone. It due to brain damage that occurs in utero, at time of birth or within first 3-5 years of age. This brain damage can also affect vision, hearing, speech and learning disabilities. ...Read more

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What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

What is patterning, and how does it relate to cerebral palsy?

An archaic Rx: In the 70's & 80"s a pt & ot in philli promoted a patterning method for cp. The method involved rebreathing co2 & moving body thru motions of fish/salimander/man to awaken the nerves. Psychological researchers showed the method was no better that simple visitation & encouragemt. For the pt&ot they were getting $30k in initial fees + followup.Well meaning but worthless rx follow many chronic pbs. ...Read more

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I've got cerebral palsy. Could any kids i've have have it too?

I've got cerebral palsy. Could any kids i've have have it too?

Depends: Most CP originates from an unexplained injury to the brain's motor centers at some time during pregnancy. This could have been a period of low oxygen or a mini stroke, none of which can be passed to your offspring.There are a fer genetic condition that predispose someone to excess clotting or have other CP related features. A review with your doc or a geneticist could be more specific to your case. ...Read more

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What do I do for someone who has cerebral palsy and is intelligent?

Be a friend: The best way to help someone with any disability is to treat them as human beings. No one is asking for pity. They are asking to be your friend and supporter. They may need some physical accommodations like help in transportation and it may take more time to communicate with them. Treat them as you would any of your other friends who ask for you help. ...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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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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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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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


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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