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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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With cerebral palsy should I be taking medicine?

With cerebral palsy should I be taking medicine?

Confusing question: CP is a stable defect in movement and posture related to an injury to the nervous system that occurred in the first 3 years of life. There is no "medicine" to treat CP, but a patient with the disorder may have a variety of related problems (seizures, excess salivation, etc) that might benefit from medication. ...Read more

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Why can't a person with cerebral palsy have a reversal drug such as narcan (naloxone)?

Why can't a person with cerebral palsy have a reversal drug such as narcan (naloxone)?

Clarification: Are you asking if Narcan (naloxone) reverses cp? No, it doesn't. Sometimes Botox is used for flexion contractures in hypertonic CP (increased muscle tone, decreased strength.) sometimes surgery is used for tight heel cords, either spinal or at the heel cords themselves. With hypotonia, low resistance to passive movement & decreased strength, no medication increases tone. Physical & occupational therapy help. ...Read more

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My son 14 years is a case of cerebral palsy advise treatment or medicine to make life comfortable?

My son 14 years is a case of cerebral palsy advise treatment or medicine to make life comfortable?

Depends: Depends a lot on the kind of CP he has. Functional level will dictate orthopedic treatment, and many of the physiatry treatments (braces, wheelchairs etc). In a non- ambulatory patient, a good wheelchair is of utmost importance because they spend most of their time there. Ambulatory assistance may be more important in some less involved children. Surgery or gait aids may help. ...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 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 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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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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What causes cerebral palsy in child?

What causes cerebral palsy in child?

Difficult to know: We understand that this relates to an injury to the nerves that control movement & posture within the region of the brain called the motor cortex. By definition the injury can happen any time from when the nerves form to the 3rd birthday (research definition).Whether this is from poor blood flow, silent stroke, low blood sugar, toxin or infection, no specific cause is apparent ...Read more

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What causes cerebral palsy in children?

What causes cerebral palsy in children?

Hard to say: CP is caused by any injury to motor cortex in the brain from the point they become active in pregnancy to the 3rd birthday (research definition).These include loss of oxygen, blood flow, glucose (fuel), infection, trauma, etc. Studies show over half those with symptoms evident by age 7 had a normal pregnancy labor and delivery. The extent of impairment is quite variable. ...Read more

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What types of cerebral palsy are there?

What types of cerebral palsy are there?

Types of CP: A general explanation of the classifications of cerebral palsy would be difficult with the limitations of this forum, but I have added a link which may be informative for you.

http://cerebralpalsy. Org/about-cerebral-palsy/types-and-forms/ ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy get worse over time?

Does cerebral palsy get worse over time?

Generally not: By definition the injury causing CP creates a stable effect; that is you do not see deterioration of skills after they are acquired. Some nervous system disorders get worse with age as the injury is continuing, not cp. Some CP patients may choose a wheel chair later in life although they can still walk some for the convenience & speed. Most CP kids actually will get better over time with therapy. ...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 do you recommend for cerebral palsy?

Gait analysis: CP is just the name for static motor dysfunction---
depending on the degree and type of cerebral palsy treatment include physical therapy, botox, serial casting, tendon lengthening, rhizotomy, baclofen, and a lot of other good ideasneed to see a doctor specializing and interested. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Non-progressive neur: We do not always know the reasons for Cerebral Palsy and we do not like to assign the Dx too early as some children might have slowdevelopment. Infants with CP might have spasticity of the extremities and trouble coordinating movements-which can later affect speech and swallowing. A Pediatrician should do a complete exam and you might mention your concerns so that if there is anyquestion-referral ...Read more

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Can someone with cerebral palsy have kids?

Yes: The reproductive system in the vast majority of adults with CP is normal and they can have children. Cerebral palsy is not a cause of infertility. However, some people with CP have other disabilities or medical conditions that might make having children an issue. ...Read more

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I have cerebral palsy, how can I exercise?

Depends on the type: Cerebral palsy is a disorder due to a static brain insult. It has many causes, an many manifestations. There are forms which can cause tight dysfunctional muscles, movement disorders or a mix of both. Additionally 1, 2, 3 or all 4 limbs can be involved. A physical therapist is best suited to recommend exercises ideally suited to maximize function. ...Read more

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Are falculations in cerebral palsy normal?

Fasciculations: I believe you mean fasciculations. Yes, they are "normal" in cerebral palsy. ...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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Could I drive if I have mild cerebral palsy?

Have driving assessm: If your cp does not interfere with your being able to handle the car mechanicals, you should be able to drive. Cars can be fitted with eqipment to facilitate your driving. I suggest an evaluation at a rehabilitation facility that does driving evaluations and could recommend equipment if necessary such as hand controls to replace accelerator ond break peddle if needed. ...Read more

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Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

No: Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that is acquired as a result of a brain injury during a pregnancy, during labor or shortly after birth. There are neurologic disorders that ultimately result in motor abnormalities, but they are not cerebral palsy. ...Read more

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What are the risk factors for cerebral palsy?

Multiple: The risk of CP is higher in several groups: premature (<32 wks);small for dates (<2kg); brain hemorrhage;multiple birth;low oxygen levels at birth;shaken baby syndrome; meningitis; intrauterine infection; near-drowning; carbon monoxide poisoning. All settings where the developing brain can be injured. ...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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What are the main challenges of cerebral palsy?

Several: I can explain only the orthopedic aspects of CP as that is my specialty. There are primary secondary and tertiary issues in cp. The primary issue is in the brain. The secondary issues are deformity or spasticity, athetoid movements or balance issues that result from the primary issue. Then there are tertiary issues which are compensations for the secondary issues. ...Read more

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What are the different level of cerebral palsy?

Not simple to answer: Cerebral palsy is not a disease but is a description of motor behavior that is outside the normal. Most CP is due to brain damage or brain malformations during fetal development or during the labor and delivery process. However, some cases result from trauma or infection or strokes that can occur after birth. It is a static condition that can improve and can be mild, moderate or severe. ...Read more

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What are the signs, symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Motor delay: Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement because of an injury to the areas of the brain controling movement. They typically have delay attaining their motor milestones like sitting, crawling and walking. ...Read more

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What is cerebral palsy and how can it be treated?

What is cerebral palsy and how can it be treated?

Research definition: CP is a disorder of movement or posture related to brain injury that occurred from pregnancy until the third birthday. Injury can be from loss of blood flow, oxygen, infection, etc. It can be associated with many other related problems depending on the extent. Each case is somewhat unique, most are mild and improve with developmental therapy like P.T.Referral to a developmental center is appropriate. ...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