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My son has cerebral palsy, autism, mental retardation, catatonic schizophrenia, seizures, & no lower left lope of brain what is his life expectancy?

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 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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How typical is it for people with severe cerebral palsy and no mental impairments to be incontinent?

How typical is it for people with severe cerebral palsy and no mental impairments to be incontinent?

Very Common: Severe Cerebral Palsy leads to problems with both urination and stooling; these are more pronounced in those who are wheelchair bound. Urinary incontinence may be a sign of urinary tract infection. Incontinence of stool can often be a sign of severe constipation where liquid/diarrhea stools are passed around a hard stool ball in the last part of the intestine. Visit your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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What do people with severe cerebral palsy understand?

What do people with severe cerebral palsy understand?

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

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Do people with severe cerebral palsy understand what you say?

Do people with severe cerebral palsy understand what you say?

Often they do: Many many children and adults wife severe cerebral palsy understand all that is going on around them. They may have problems talking or giving you any indication that they understand, but it is clear, especially when they have the opportunity to use communication devices that many people with CP are very intelligent. ...Read more

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Can people with severe cerebral palsy understand what you say to them?

Often too well: Most children with cerebral palsy understand far better than they can express. This causes a frustration that is hard to watch. However, most learn to deal with their problems in a manner than is truly inspiring. I have learned to admire the determination and tenacity of these patients as they learn to overcome their handicaps. Good therapists help them to achieve functional skills. ...Read more

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Can the effects of the swine flu be more severe on someone who has cerebral palsy?

Can the effects of the swine flu be more severe on someone who has cerebral palsy?

Absolutely: People with cerebral palsy are more prone to develop complications from many infections especially chest infections. ...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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Severe pain in my left hip it's hard to walk and Sit I have cerebral palsy?

Severe pain in my left hip it's hard to walk and Sit I have cerebral palsy?

Have it checked: I am assuming this is a new pain and if so it may represent an injury that requires treatment. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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My 2nd and 3rd babies were born with severe milk allergies. Correlates to prenatal milk intake? Could it of caused my 2nds cerebral palsy?

Don't blame yourself: Cerebral palsy is an unfortunate outcome with poorly understood causes. Many causes have been speculated, but milk allergy is not one of them. The vast majority of cases have no definite cause. Milk sensitivity and milk allergy are common problems and may be minor and easy to manage. They are not the fault of your milk intake. You must not feel at fault! ...Read more

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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