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Doctor insights on: Long Term Effects Of Cerebral Palsy

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My son diagnosed with ataxia cerebral palsy, What are the long term effects of this?

My son diagnosed with ataxia cerebral palsy, What are the long term effects of this?

Ataxic CP is a move-: ment disorder with low muscle tone & impaired coordination & balance. It causes wide-based gait, intention tremors of hands & arms, speech articulation disorder & " jerky" eye movements. Atypical development of or damage to the cerebellum may be found on MRI of the brain. ~ 50% of cases are from a child's having inherited a specific genetic trait on Chromosome 9 from both unaffected parents. ...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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My child takes chloral hydrae for sleep he has cerebral palsy. Is there concerns with this drug for long term use besides dependency affecting organs?

My child takes chloral hydrae for sleep he has cerebral palsy. Is there concerns with this drug for long term use besides dependency affecting organs?

Yes. 25 mg/kg/day : of Chloral Hydrate given long-term can ^ risk of central sleep apnea from CNS depression, obstructive sleep apnea from respiratory depression, aspiration pneumonia if given on a full stomach, diarrhea & vomiting if not given with a full glass of water, adverse interactions with anti-epileptics like phenobarbital & some other meds, liver & kidney damage, drug dependence, etc. Please see comment. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if my son diagnosed with ataxia cerebral palsy, anyone has this or do you know what's the long term?

What do you suggest if my son diagnosed with ataxia cerebral palsy, anyone has this or do you know what's the long term?

Prognosis depends : on type, size & location of brain injury , severity & extent of lack of coordination & hypotonia - low muscle tone, co-existing conditions - Intellectual Disability, Seizures, impaired vision &/or hearing, & enrollment in Early Intervention Therapies. MRI of the brain, genetic testing - Chromosomal Microarray, physical & neurological exams are all needed to try to predict level of function. ...Read more

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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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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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How long will someone with cerebral palsy normally live?

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 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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Can someone tell me how long will my cousin with cerebral palsy live?

Can someone tell me how long will my cousin with cerebral palsy live?

Variable: Cerebral palsy is a disorder that varies from almost undetectable to wheelchair bound.Some may have no associated problems or have seizures, scoliosis, limb strictures or more. Lifespan varies from unaffected to very impaired depending on the associated medical problems. The worst cases I have known of died as young adults. ...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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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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I have an 8 year old with mild cerebral palsy, how long will she need physical therapy... She goes once a week right now and it's really helping.

I have an 8 year old with mild cerebral palsy, how long will she need physical therapy... She goes once a week right now and it's really helping.

Continue: She should continue with physical therapy as long as it helps. As she gets older, some physical activities will take the place of the PT, but do not rush to end it if she is still benefiting. ...Read more

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Hip pain hurts to sit and walk I have spastic cerebral palsy used to take flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for pain but can no longer afford them?

Hip pain hurts to sit and walk I have spastic cerebral palsy used to take flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) for pain but can no longer afford them?

Get help: There is a lot of help now for people who can not afford there medication, walmart pharmacy for example has a "$4" list and I think flexeril (cyclobenzaprine hcl) is on it. Baclofen may also be a less expensive option. If the pain is persistent, I would be seen for a specific diagnosis regarding the cause. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy an illness that effects people only physically or does it also affect the person psychologically?

Is cerebral palsy an illness that effects people only physically or does it also affect the person psychologically?

Mostly both: CP is quite variable. Some may never know they have it & only be identified on a thorough neurologic exam. Some are so bad they are severely impaired. It is also sometimes associated wit seizure disorders, speech & language problems, learning issues etc. Those with minimal impairment likely do fine emotionally while those with more are likely to be impacted emotionally. ...Read more

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Can the effects of the swine flu be more severe on someone who has cerebral palsy?

Can the effects of the swine flu be more severe on someone who has cerebral palsy?

Absolutely: People with cerebral palsy are more prone to develop complications from many infections especially chest infections. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy stiffness and trouble moving seems to be worse along w pain. What can i do? Is it age or zoloft side effects playing a role?

Cerebral palsy stiffness and trouble moving seems to be worse along w pain. What can i do? Is it age or zoloft side effects playing a role?

Spasticity: CP related spasticity can cause pain and stiffness sensation in your joints, talk to your neurologist about anti-spasticity medications like baclofen, if those are ineffective botulinum toxin injection treatment can help with both the pain and spasticity ...Read more

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Can herbs help treat cerebral palsy?

Can herbs help treat cerebral palsy?

Not specifically: Herbs can provide nutrients to all of us as part of balanced nutrition.They do not change the perminant brain injury that is the basis for cerebral palsy.Proper assessment and treatment by a team of physical and occupational therapists is the standard of care for cp.Additional support for medical needs and balanced nutrition provide the best chance of optimal function. ...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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What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

Trouble with moving: Cerebral plasy specifically refers to a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain. So the hallmark is trouble with motor development. ...Read more

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What can someone with cerebral palsy do to exercise?

Many do: Exercise is recommended for those within the bounds of any physical impairment they have. Most of those who have CP have milder forms & can keep up with the rest of us in many activities. ...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