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Doctor insights on: Mild Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

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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?

Does mild cerebral palsy have physical limitations?

Define "mild": Some clumsy people really have a very mild form of CP, but their issues seldom if ever cause limitations. Unless being chosen last for a pick up game is a limitation. Limitations are directly related to the intensity of the CP. With no more background information than you gave, we can not provide more specific comments. ...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

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I just found out I have mild cerebral palsy. What is in store for me?

Non progressive: cerebral palsy is a non progressive condition. You should not expect yoiur current condition to deteriorate from a nervous system standpint. However, since you have been recently diagnosed, I expect you have some orthopedic issues, they may become a bit more problematic. I would see a physical medicine specialist for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What to do if I have nf1 and my partner has mild cerebral palsy?

Love one another: If you are planning to be parents and you have the option of testing your child before implantation, or at a later time if that is acceptable for you, the consider doing this to prevent passing the NF1 gene along. ...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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I have a mild case of cerebral palsy and need help with driving. What devices are out there to help me?

I have a mild case of cerebral palsy and need help with driving. What devices are out there to help me?

See below: There are many adaptive devices for people with CP who want and need to drive. These include: left footed accelerators, hand controls for brake and gas, steering wheel adaptors that only require one hand and more. The best person to see for this is a physiatrist who can then assess you and make recommendations specifically designed for your needs. ...Read more

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Should i be concerned if my daughter is 22 months old and is extremely clumsy, could it be mild cerebral palsy?

Should i be concerned if my daughter is 22 months old and is extremely clumsy, could it be mild cerebral palsy?

Time for a visit: A certain amount of clumsiness is common in early childhood.However, if it is enough to raise your concern it is enough to raise it as a specific issue with your pcp/peds. An evaluation at an early childhood center with a physical therapist and or ot may reveal or exclude delays or suggest such a label. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of a child with mild cerebral palsy?

Clumsiness and stiff: Cerebral palsy is a neurologic disorder related to damage to the motor system of the brain. the most common symptoms are stiffness of muscles, tightness of joints and clumsiness. ...Read more

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Can mild cerebral palsy have mental or physical limitations?

Can mild cerebral palsy have mental or physical limitations?

Hard to say: Cerebral palsy by convention implies an injury to specific areas of the brain controlling motor movements.If other brain areas are affected by the same event, other issues can be linked.This includes more likelihood of seizures, learning, etc. The milder the CP the less likely other areas that control speech, personality, learning, etc. But it is still possible. ...Read more

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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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Does mild cerebral palsy have mental or just physical limitations?

Could be both: Cerebral palsy is a spectrum of many symptoms. Some children have severe physical limitations but little cognitive problems. Others have little physical limitations, but severe cognitive problems. There are people all over the MAP with different combinations. While it is true that the more physical limitations you have, the more your chance of having cognitive problems, this is not always true. ...Read more

Dr. Walter Husar
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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. 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