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Doctor insights on: How Does Cerebral Palsy Occur

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How long does failure to thrive associated with cerebral palsy last?

How long does failure to thrive associated with cerebral palsy last?

Usually lifelong: Depending on the severity of the cp, failure to thrive is a lifelong problem. Swallowing, eating, feeding oneself, restricted menus, lack of proper exercise, loss of muscle mass contribute to low body weight in these individuals. ...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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How long does someone with mild-mod cerebral palsy normally live?

How long does someone with mild-mod cerebral palsy normally live?

In their own way: Normal is different for everybody, so this is a little hard to define. But many people with cerebral palsy can lead happy productive lives and even pursue education, marriage, and employment. The best way to know what is available is to have consultation with a physical medicine and rehabiltation specialist. ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy affect your hearing?

Does cerebral palsy affect your hearing?

Rarely: CP involves an insult to the motor cortex of the brain physically located away from all the brain centers involved with hearing.The injury could occur at any point & is often thought to be infection, poor blood flow or oxygen deficit in the area.If the injury/infection/event that triggers the motor injury also attacks the hearing mechanism it might be involved.But this is an exception not the rule ...Read more

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How does sleep deprivation affect one with cerebral palsy?

How does sleep deprivation affect one with cerebral palsy?

Many ways: Sleep deprivation affects different people in different ways. The way it will affect someone with CP may depend to some extent on what their primary type of CP is. People with increased tone and spasticity will have more tone and spasticity. Those with poor balance will have worse balance etc. ...Read more

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How long will someone with cerebral palsy normally live?

Depends on situation: A majority of CP patients with mild movement problems & no additional related complications will live a normal lifespan. Those with added issues such as seizure disorders can expect less. I have had patients with major, multi-system involvement that never made it through puberty. Each case is somewhat unique & prognosis defined by the level of involvement. ...Read more

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How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?

How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?

Examination findings: There is no specific diagnostic test for cerebral palsy. The diagnosis is made on the basis of the findings on examination including abnormalities of muscle tone, limitation of movement at joints, and abnormality of reflexes. There may be developmental delay, speech problems and visual abnormalities accompanying the motor abnormanlities. ...Read more

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How does bell's palsy progress?

How does bell's palsy progress?

Variable: The course of bell's palsy varies from person to person. It is thought to be due to a viral infection that causes swelling in the facial nerve and leads to weakness or paralysis of the facial muscles. This can occur over the course of hours or days. Fortunately, most people recover normal facial function but this can be permanent. ...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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How long willsomeone with cerebral palsy normally live?

How long willsomeone with cerebral palsy normally live?

Nice and normal time: In the absence of severe medical complications, the condition of cerebral palsy alone should not limit a nice normal life. Some patients do have epilepsy and severe swallowing difficulties that lead to aspiration. These conditions need to be treated aggressively and appropriately. ...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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How does bulbar palsy relate to motor neuron diseases?

How does bulbar palsy relate to motor neuron diseases?

One of the causes: Bulbar palsy is an assortment of signs and symptoms, not the name of a precise disease. Bulbar palsy refers to impairment of function of the cranial nerves ix, x, xi and xii. Its causes are many and motor neuron disease (als) is one of them. ...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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I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

NO: CP is not a known cause of als. And ALS is not a result of cp. We do not know the cause of als. It has never been associated with cp. ...Read more

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Can you prevent cerebral palsy from starting after hie occurs?

Brain damage: the brain damage is permanent. The extent of the functional problems can be helped with physical and occupational therapy. If necessary, rehabilitation services should b esought at a mulyi disciplinary program and supplemented with early intervention services. ...Read more

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Does anyone know if cerebral palsy and spasticity can be treated?

Does anyone know if cerebral palsy and spasticity can be treated?

Lessened not fixed: The injury producing CP is like having your spinal cord cut, only higher up and preserving some working nerves. The nerves that are destroyed are never repaired or regrown.Physical therapy and occupational therapy can often help minimize impairment if started young.Botox injections & surgery can sometimes help reduce problems with specific muscle groups.However, there is no "fix" for CP. ...Read more

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How long does bell's palsy typically last?

It varies: Healing from bell's palsy can vary considerably. It may take only a few weeks or many months to recover. Most people will recover fully but some people will have permanent weakness or paralysis. ...Read more

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How do people with mild hemiplegia (cerebral palsy) cope?

How do people with mild hemiplegia (cerebral palsy) cope?

Very well!: Mild hemiplegic patients can do very well. They should see an orthopaedist or physiatrist to coordinate their care for physical therapy and bracing (as needed). Some patients will benefit from upper or lower extremity surgery depending on the patient. ...Read more

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How long does bell's palsy usually last?

Days to months: Recovery from bell's palsy is quite variable. It can take from a few weeks to many months to recover facial movement. Fortunately, most people will regain normal motion eventually. ...Read more

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How does cardiomyopathy due to friedreich's ataxia affect the heart?

How does cardiomyopathy due to friedreich's ataxia affect the heart?

Heart swells: A cardiomyopathy of any sort will cause the heart to become much bigger as seen on x-ray. Since the heart muscle is affected its power to contract is limited. The prototype for a cardiomyopathy is beriberi so be sure to ask the doctor whether this is a possibility. ...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)

A group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect the ability to control movement of ...Read more