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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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23w pregnant. Petrified baby will be born with a severe disability such as cerebral palsy. Are the odds high?

23w pregnant. Petrified baby will be born with a severe disability such as cerebral palsy. Are the odds high?

Realistic risks: Every pregnancy at any age has a background of potential risks. Add them all up and they reach 4% including all types of defects, prematurity, newborn illnesses, etc. That means 96% will have a good outcome.If you have a specific risk brought about by an illness or genetic factor that adds a slight amount. You may want to talk it over with a genetic counselor who can be more specific for your case. ...Read more

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Are there learning disabilities associated with mild cerebral palsy?

Are there learning disabilities associated with mild cerebral palsy?

None specific: Individuals with cerebral palsy may exhibit any number of learning disabilities due to the brain injury that caused the motor handicap. However, there is no specific LD. The effects of brain injury are individual. A child with CP should have a formal neuropsychological assessment when they are old enough to be tested. ...Read more

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Why do some parents want their children to act like an adult when they hit their 30's even if they have a disability like cerebral palsy?

Why do some parents want their children to act like an adult when they hit their 30's even if they have a disability like cerebral palsy?

Confusing question: An adult is an adult.The majority cerebral palsy patients have no cognitive impairment that would prevent acquiring adult self monitoring & awareness skills. Those that are mentally impaired need help with these issues but can learn them over time. Why wouldn't a parent want his kid to develop acceptable behavior pattern. ...Read more

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Does bacterial vaginosis, if treated, during pregnancy increase the risks of disabilities such as cerebral palsy

Unrelated: The fetus is rather well insulated from many of the health issues of the mother.Unless you have an infection with something that moves into the blood, like measles, hepatitis, etc., the baby is not affected by such things as bv, a sinus infection, etc. CP has many possible origins but this is not one of them. ...Read more

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My girl suffers from " cerebral palsy " we are looking for help my girlfriend was premature, she has lived with a disability called " cerebral palsy " . Her problem is she can't walk without a walker, due to the reason that her legs get weak, also due t

Cerebral : Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the motor areas of the brain that can occur during pregnancy, childbirth or anytime up to age 3. There are three main types: spastic, ataxic and dyskenetic - all of which have different symptoms. Some people affected with cerebral palsy have very mild symptoms (my college roommate had mild cerebral palsy on her left which caused a slight limp - this did not stop her from graduating with honors, landing a great job, marrying and having 2 beautiful children.) and some people have symptoms that are more severe. Because of this, each child's potential must be assessed individually. In general, the earlier treatment begins, the better chance people have of overcoming developmental disabilities and learning new ways to accomplish tasks that challenge them. Treatment is interdisciplinary and can include interpersonal therapists, occupational therapists, medications, orthotics and surgeries. The best people to ask about an individual's prognosis are the doctors and therapists working with the individual. The doctors that primarily care for those with cerebral palsy are neurologists or pm&r doctors (physical medicine and rehab). Try calling her insurance company to see if they can recommend someone in your area. ...Read more

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What is cerebral palsy?

What is cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy is a : Group of disorders of impaired motor functions that are described by the way they limit mobility & hand use. Most commonly from a fetal brain malformation or injury that occurred any time from the 3rd week of gestation till term, about 10-20% of cases occur from asphyxia during labor & delivery or in the first years of life. Pediatric, early intervention services & subspecialty care all help. ...Read more

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What causes cerebral palsy?

Injury to nerves: CP results from an stable (non-progessive) injury to brain cells that are devoted to movement, muscle control & posture. The injury can be lack of nutrients (oxygen, glucose) due to blood flow problems or hemorrhage or infection (virus, parasite, bacteria).The injury can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 yrs. ...Read more

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What causes cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy is caused by an abnormality or disruption in brain development, usually before a child is born. Causes include: random mutations in genes, maternal infections that affect the developing fetus, lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain, infant infections that cause inflammation in or around the brain, traumatic head injury to an infant from a motor vehicle accident, fall or abuse. ...Read more

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How common is cerebral palsy?

Too common: Cerebral palsy is a broad term for any static encephalopathy that affects motor function. Many cases are found in infants due to disorders or defects of the brain. Some are due to stroke in utero. Some from birth injury. Most are of uncertain cause. Some are acquired due to trauma or infection of the brain. Some edtimate that 5% to 8% of all births will result in some form of cp. ...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