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Does cerebral palsy get worse over time?

Does cerebral palsy get worse over time?

It should not: Cerebral palsy by definition is a static encephalopathy. This means that it is a stable condition that just needs help to overcome. If there is progressive loss of function, then some other diagnosis must be considered. In some patients the back, hips, ankles get tighter and contracted. This is not worse disease but just progression of the spasticity. ...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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Does cerebral palsy cause a child's coordination to get worse as he grows older?

Non progressive: Cerebral palsy is a result of a brain injury. The damage is non progressive. However, as a person grows, the imbalances may make people clumsy. In addition, the spasticity that characterizes CP can cause limitation of motion at joints, especially the legs,. Physical therapy with stretching of joints is important to prevent limitation of function. ...Read more

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Can stress or further head trauma cause the symptoms of cerebral palsy to get worse?

Can stress or further head trauma cause the symptoms of cerebral palsy to get worse?

No: The morbidity & mortality of cerebral palsy relate to the severity of the condition & concomitant medical complications, such as respiratory and gastrointestinal difficulties. In patients with quadriplegia, the likelihood of epilepsy, extrapyramidal abnormalities, and severe cognitive impairment is greater than in those with diplegia or hemiplegia. Bottom line: severity of CP may increase risk. ...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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How come children with cerebral palsy get dislocated hips?

How come children with cerebral palsy get dislocated hips?

It's complicated : There are a few reasons why this happens. Primarily it has to do with the imbalance muscle tone. There is a definite correlation to the level of severity and the risk of having a dislocated hip. In other words, the more severely affected a child is, the greater the risk of having a dislocated hip. ...Read more

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Should I be standing on my feet long periods of time with cerebral palsy?

Can you not sit?: Is there something obligating you to stand for long periods of time? Why not just sit? Is it a job or some other obligatory activity where sitting is not allowed? You'd have to specify what you mean by "long periods of time" but I'm not aware of any guidelines which strictly PROHIBIT standing for certain time frames in people with CP. I think we need a bit more context to give a better answer. ...Read more

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Can having cerebral palsy affect a man's ability to get and maintain an erection?

It should not: Patients with cerebral palsy usually only have problems with muscle control of usual voluntary muscles. The autonomic function of the body usually works fine but may be somewhat sluggish. Bowel, bladder control and sexual function may be a little difficult but should work okay. It would be reasonable to have a thorough medical evaluation to rule out other causes. ...Read more

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Can having cerebral palsy affect a mans ability to get an education and maintain a job?

Can having cerebral palsy affect a mans ability to get an education and maintain a job?

Not if mild: Cerebral palsy if mild should not affect a person's ability to work or get an education. Even if the motor handicap is significant, , if cognitive skills are intact, limitation of indipendent ambulation should not interfere. ...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