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Just found out i have ataxic cerebral palsy 45 years after it was diagnosed. Now aged 49 should I be formally assessed?

Just found out i have ataxic cerebral palsy 45 years after it was diagnosed. Now aged 49 should I be formally assessed?

? assessed ?: Ataxic and or other forms of CP are by definition a reflection of an injury to developing nerves anywhere from pregnancy through the 3rd birthday.Sometimes the cause is found, but in more than 50% it is unknown and unknowable. Although its effect can be increasingly disabling, the injury does not change.If you want someone to exclude other diagnoses during a new evaluation, go ahead. ...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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What should I do about ataxic cerebral palsy in a 2 yr old?

Cp program: I recommend your child be seen at a multidisciplinary cerebral palsy program, where occupational and physical therapists can evaluate and make recommendations for management. ...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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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

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Could i drive if I have mild cerebral palsy?

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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Could having mild cerebral palsy cause an antalgic gait?

Could having mild cerebral palsy cause an antalgic gait?

Word games: The term antalgic refers to a gait that favors one leg to avoid pain in another. While possibly visibly the same in CP, that gait is generally due to abnormal motor function and not an effort to avoid pain. ...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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Please tell me, could having mild cerebral palsy prolong growth development, cause slow growth, or stunt growth?

Please tell me, could having mild cerebral palsy prolong growth development, cause slow growth, or stunt 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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Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

Yes, but...: Many people with mild CP will live full, normal lives. The physical limitations are a result of the severity of the neurological insult. ...Read more

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I just found out I have mild cerebral palsy. What can I expect?

Variable diagnosis: Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement or posture related to injury to nerves controlling those functions that occurred some time in the developmental period.(pregnancy to age 3y) it implys a permanent but stable process, where new injury or deterioration is not expected, but might occur from lack of use. Adults with mild CP have relatively normal lives. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Ataxia (Definition)

Ataxia means movements without coordination. People with ataxia have incoordination because the parts of the nervous system that control movement and balance are not working properly. Ataxia can be associated with infections, injuries, or degenerative changes in the central nervous system. Ataxias may be hereditary ...Read more


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