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Doctor insights on: Risk Of Infant Cerebral Palsy

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Explain the condition called infant cerebral palsy.?

Explain the condition called infant cerebral palsy.?

Motor deficit: Cerebral palsy is defined as a disorder of movement & posture caused by an injury to the developing nervous system that occurs before the 3rd birthday.Origins are diverse from oxygen loss in the womb to infections of the brain & more. Impairment interferes with smooth control large or small movements. There can be additional separate issues but CP focuses on the movement. ...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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23w pregnant. Petrified baby will be born with a severe disability such as cerebral palsy. Are the odds high?

23w pregnant. Petrified baby will be born with a severe disability such as cerebral palsy. Are the odds high?

Realistic risks: Every pregnancy at any age has a background of potential risks. Add them all up and they reach 4% including all types of defects, prematurity, newborn illnesses, etc. That means 96% will have a good outcome.If you have a specific risk brought about by an illness or genetic factor that adds a slight amount. You may want to talk it over with a genetic counselor who can be more specific for your case. ...Read more

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How to tell if my baby has cerebral palsy or hypotonia?

How to tell if my baby has cerebral palsy or hypotonia?

Observation/time: These features are hard to detect early, but they become more apparent with age. Hypotonia describes a looseness within the muscles that make them less capable of sustaining normal posture or movement. These kids often slip through your hands if you pick them up at the armpits.The abnormal stiffness or ratchety movement of CP is detected when the kid is old enough to start moving independently. ...Read more

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What are the chances of my new baby being born with cerebral palsy, just as a random case?

Quoted risk 5/1000: The basic risk of any pregnancy for unexpected outcome is ~4% which includes the 5/1000 risk of cerebral palsy. If concerned, a detailed review of your family tree and personal health with a geneticist may shed light on your personal risks for specific issues. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a baby knowing my partner would more than likely pass on cerebral palsy or osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome to the baby?

What to do if I have a baby knowing my partner would more than likely pass on cerebral palsy or osteogenesis imperfecta or downs syndrome to the baby?

Confusing question: Neither cerebral palsy or Down syndrome are passed to the next generation.To know the risk for osteogenesis imperfecta would require the actual form,There are more than a dozen, and some are dominant and some recessive. Sounds like you should consult with a medical geneticist to see what the true risks would be in your situation. ...Read more

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A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

A doctor diagnosed my 26 weeks premature baby with static encephalopathy and may have PVL at risk for spastic cerebral palsy (spastic diplega)?

Yes ?: That is a condition common in micro premi's. If you have a specific related question please start over and submit it.You have essentially just provided a statement, but no clear question.Your submissions are not linked and go out at random to the public site. ...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 causes cerebral palsy in child?

What  causes cerebral palsy in child?

Damage to the brain: Cerebral palsy is a term used to label a child who has a static encephalopathy. There are many different types and degrees of dysfunction that fall within that label. There are abnormalities of motor function found on neurological examination, but the child may be quite intelligent and otherwise normal. The cause is complex but involves damage to motor control areas of the brain. ...Read more

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What causes cerebral palsy in children?

What causes cerebral palsy in children?

Various causes: It is often not known, but any injury to the brain, whether through an infection, or inflammation or low oxygen, or other, can potentially lead to cerebral palsy. Those insults often happen early on in life or even during fetal stages of life. ...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


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