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Is cerebral palsy a genetic disorder?

Is cerebral palsy a genetic disorder?

No: Cerebral palsy (CP) is caused by many things including but not limited to, poor intrauterine envirmonment, perinatal infection, prematurity with brain bleed and lack of o2 prior to or at the time of delivery. ...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 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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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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Is there a difference between cerebral palsy and a spastic hemiparesis?

Is there a  difference between cerebral palsy and a spastic hemiparesis?

Categorical : "cp" is a group of chronic motor impairments defined by functional limitations in mobility & hand use from neurological dysfunction, not by underlying cause.Impaired control of movement & posture appears early in life, usually from prenatal brain malformation or injury. Spastic=increased muscle tone with decreased voluntary movement hemi-one-sided paresis-weakness is a form of cp. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy a disease or a genetic disorder?

Good question: Cerebral palsy is a description of disorder in control of muscles that remains static. Most cases are due to some damage or malformation of the brain that leaves it as a chronic clinical condition. Some cases are associated with genetic syndromes and metabolic disorders. Some are due to trauma or due to stroke or due to brain infections. Genetic disorders may make them more prone to cp. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy curable?

By definition - NO: Cerebral palsy is a static encephalopathy. This means that it is a stable and permanent disorder of motor control. Many children learn to control so well that they may appear normal. Their disorder is present but just so well controlled that it takes special testing to detect. Other patients are severely affected and must be in wheelchairs with casts and braces and lots of special help. ...Read more

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What is spastic dyplegia of cerebral palsy?

Legs>arms: Spastic diplegia is a condition in which the lower extremities are more affected than uppers. Intelligence may be normal and ambulation with braces or ankle supports may be good ...Read more

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Is wernicke encephalopathy a disability?

Is wernicke encephalopathy a disability?

Disability?: Yes, it can become a disability if not treated quickly. However, rapid diagnosis and treatment can lead to full recovery -- supposing the person is also able to maintain healthy intake of nutrients after the crisis. (and not go on drinking alcohol, if that's what precipitated the problem to begin with). ...Read more

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Is there a new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Is there a  new diagnosis of cerebral palsy with global developmental delay and mental retardation?

Just new terminology: The conditions you describe have been known for many decades. Europe has had specific centers dedicated to spastics for many years. There have been special clinics developed in the us for children with special needs - most due to conditions such as mental retardation and cerebral palsy. We are now using words that are less threatening such as global developmental delay and mrcp. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of cerebral palsy spastic diplegia?

Stiff legs from CP: Cerebral palsy describes disorders of movement & posture related to injury to the developing nervous system before the third birthday.(pregnancy, labor, delivery or after) an injury to the brain cells that handle the motor functions of the lower extremities can produce diplegia (two limb) stiffness.This injury has been associated with a brain hemorrhage near the motor cells. ...Read more

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Is bell's palsy a hereditary?

Is bell's palsy a hereditary?

No: Bell's palsy is thought to be due to a viral infection of the facial nerve. Other causes include lyme's disease and sarcoidosis but its is not passed down from one generation to the next. That is not to say that you would not see bell's palsy in a parent and years latter in their child. Bell's palsy rarely is seen bilaterally, if so it is diagnostic of multiple scerosis. ...Read more

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Is hemiplegia caused by a porencyphic cyst a type of cerebral palsy?

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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Is chromosome deletion a probable cause of cerebral palsy?

No: By definition CP is a disorder of motion & posture caused by an injury to the developing brain from pregnancy to the 3rd birthday.Kids with chromosome deletions can have issues that mimic CP and some may suffer the same neurologic injury. The main culprits include infection, lack of blood flow or lack of oxygen leading to cell damage. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is cerebral palsy (c.P.)?

What sort of disease is cerebral palsy (c.P.)?

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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Is cerebral palsy a usual birth defect caused by in utero stroke?

Possible: It is possible that cerebral palsy may be related to in utero cerebral infarct (stroke) - but there are many causes of cerebral palsy. Here is an article which may be helpful to describe causes of cerebral palsy: http://www.Webmd.Com/brain/understanding-cerebral-palsy-basic-information. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy the outcome of in utero stroke?

Is cerebral palsy the outcome of in utero stroke?

Not routinely: Not in the usual sense that we think of strokes: blocked arteries cutting off circulation or bleeding into a localized area. For a good summary from the nih, see: http://www.Ncbi.Nlm.Nih.Gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001734/. ...Read more

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Drs, is friedrich's ataxia be considered a learning disability?

Drs, is friedrich's ataxia be considered a learning disability?

No.: This inherited, degenerative disorder affects many parts of the body, including the brain, as it progresses, but it is not associated with a specific lowered performance in some area of academic functioning, which is how ld is defined. ...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


Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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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