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Severe Cerebral Palsy Life Expectancy
...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
Variable: It is important to understand that the brain may dictate bodily function. If lisencephaly is part of miller-dieker syndrome death may occur before age 2, but sometimes infants may live longer. Remember if the patient cannot feed themselves and is bed-ridden-they are prone to pneumonia, infection-which may lead to an earlier death.Also important are other associated congenital abnormalities. ...Read more
Not usually: It really depends on the degree of renal impairment. Most people with moderate chronic kidney disease do not even realize they have the disease! its often not until renal function had dropped below 30% and often lower than that, that you can see side effects. The side effects (anemia, high potassium, high phosphorus) are what cause most of the life threatening issues. ...Read more
My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?
Who knows!: So sorry about your son. All of his conditions you could think might cause a shorter life span for all sorts of reasons, but with good care one never knows. Accidents, poor nutrition ( because he doesn't eat well), progressive brain deterioration if repeated seizures, infections, general stress with its harmful physical effects, all could contribute to premature death. Best of luck! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
34wk gestation, severe brain damage with only the brainstem active. Life expectancy? Quality of life?
Defer to Local Docs: I am very saddened to hear of this tragedy. Your question does not clarify if this is the mother or the infant with this traumatic situation. But, regardless, this situation is very severe and i would defer to the team caring for the patient on the ground in person. ...Read more
Normal: In the bad old days, these people would live normal life spans but remain tiny and simple-minded, like children. Read about "cretins". To allow this to happen to a child today is a disaster, but a few million children in our world suffer from this just from iodine deficiency because of misplaced priorities. ...Read more
No one fixed answer: The real risk depends on other comorbid conditions such as the state of coronary and peripheral vessels , the condition of the cardiovascular system , the presense of diabetes and lipid levels . Also how compliant the patient is with thier medications and folow up with neurlogist pcp and cardiologist. ...Read more
Yes: Osteoporosis put you at risk for hip and spine fractures which can be debilitating and possibly life threatening. Fortunately we have many medications that can successfully treat this. Make sure your house is well lit, minimize loose rugs or clutters to decrease chance of falling. Healthy diet, weight bearing exercises, take the med. ...Read more
By definition - NO: Cerebral palsy is a static encephalopathy. This means that it is a stable and permanent disorder of motor control. Many children learn to control so well that they may appear normal. Their disorder is present but just so well controlled that it takes special testing to detect. Other patients are severely affected and must be in wheelchairs with casts and braces and lots of special help. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?
Variable: Cerebral palsy is a term covering a broad range of motor handicap, many of which are associated with intellectual handicap as well. Children with spastic diplegia (legs more involved than upper extremities) may have normal or near normal intelligence. So may choreoathetoid patients, those with writhing movements of the extremities, who communicate with technologiy devices. ...Read more
Haven't seen numbers: Haven't seen any numbers on life expectancy of lennox-gastaut patients. Maybe nobody has collected and published that information. One website reported a 3%-7% mortality in patients over a 9 year period (that sounds like 1/2 % per year). The deaths were often due to accidents. In such disorders, if a person is watched and cared for closely, he can outlive parents, and die of other natural causes. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My mother 64 yrs suffering from severe global lv hypokinesis with ef 20 what is her life expectancy.
Limited: If she is having symptoms despite optimized treatment interventions it sounds that her prognosis might be very poor (for example might qualify for hospice -> only her doctor can say). It also depends on current interventions, ask your mom's cardiologist for more information and if he/she doesn't feel terminal stage yet but still suffering from symptoms ask for a palliative medicine referral. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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