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Doctor insights on: Does Congenital Rubella Cause Cerebral Palsy

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Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Can drugs cause cerebral palsy?

Not directly: Cerebral palsy is caused by injury to an immature brain. It typically occurs when a child is born early or has an event where they have inadequate blood suppply or oxygen to the brain for a signifcant length of time. ...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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What could cause a couple to have 2 kids with cerebral palsy?

What could cause a couple to have 2 kids with cerebral palsy?

Preemies?: Although many answers are possible children who are born prematurely or with low birth weight are statistically more likely to have cp. This does not directly answer the question, but any condition which results in early birth could theoretically increase one person's risk of having a child affected by cp. ...Read more

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What goes wrong in terms of cell communication that causes cerebral palsy?

What goes wrong in terms of cell communication that causes cerebral palsy?

Not a cell issue: Cerebral palsy is by definition a non-progressive brain injury that occurs before the age of 2. As such it is not necessarily a cell issue but more of a global brain issue. As such the etiology and presentation is variable. ...Read more

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What goes wrong (in terms of cell communication) that causes cerebral palsy?

Bad wiring: CP results from an injury to the nervous system that destroys the normal brain tissue.That stops link between brain cells and the channels (wiring) that would carry messages that allow normal movement. ...Read more

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What is the cause of cerebral palsy? Is there any hope on the horizon?

What is the cause of cerebral palsy? Is there any hope on the horizon?

Some do beter: 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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Is hemiplegia caused by a porencyphic cyst a type of cerebral palsy?

Result not cause: Hemiplegic cerebral palsy is a defect in muscle control that affects only one side of the body. This is often caused by a stroke that damaged the fetal brain in utero. The stroke will leave a region of damaged brain that eventually becomes a porencephalic cyst. The stroke that resulted in the cerebral palsy may never be determined as to cause. ...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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Is it possible for mild cerebral palsy to cause delay growth, prolonged growth or even stunted growth?

Is it possible for mild cerebral palsy to cause delay growth, prolonged growth or even stunted growth?

Cerebral palsy is a : group of disorders of impaired motor functions described by the way they limit mobility, posture, arm/ hand use & oral motor skills. In kids with CP, growth is slower than that of neurotypical peers, the difference is greater with age. Puberty may be delayed & last longer. Poor oral motor function, endocrine problems & gastroesophageal reflux all can impact nutrition, growth & body composition. ...Read more

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Can cerebral palsy cause a swollen ankle?

Can cerebral palsy cause a swollen ankle?

The cerebral : Palsy itself doesn't cause swollen ankles. It is possible a deformity as a result of the cerebral palsy does. Another words not everyone with cerebral palsy is going to have swollen feet or ankles. ...Read more

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Could having mild cerebral palsy cause an antalgic gait?

Could having mild cerebral palsy cause an antalgic gait?

Word games: The term antalgic refers to a gait that favors one leg to avoid pain in another. While possibly visibly the same in CP, that gait is generally due to abnormal motor function and not an effort to avoid pain. ...Read more

Dr. Peter Bernstein
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Rubella (Definition)

Rubella is generally a benign communicable exanthematous disease. The major complication of rubella is its teratogenic effects when pregnant women contract the disease, especially in the early weeks of gestation. Because of the successful immunization program in the US since 1969, rubella infection and congenital rubella syndrome ...Read more


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