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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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Does cerebral palsy ever go away I had it when I was litl and now at 32 I'm hvng severe pain in my knees and legs pain outside the kneecaps ainnerpai.?

Does cerebral palsy ever go away I had it when I was litl and now at 32 I'm hvng severe pain in my knees and legs pain outside the kneecaps ainnerpai.?

Sorry: Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of non-progressive non-contagious motor conditions that cause physical disability in human development, chiefly in the various areas of body movement. No cure for cerebal plasy.

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Severe burning pain in back of heel of foot was on my feet all day and I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Severe burning pain in back of heel of foot was on my feet all day and I have spastic cerebral palsy?

Burning heel: With your history of Cerebral Palsy and being on your feet all day. I wonder if you may be stretching your tendons more than usual. See your doctor for an assessment and care. All the best.

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I have spastic cerebral palsy... am wheelchair bound and have had no exercise in 5 years. My muscles severely atrophied and twitching in foot?

I have spastic cerebral palsy... am wheelchair bound and have had no exercise in 5 years. My muscles severely atrophied and twitching in foot?

Get help: I would not hesitate to see a specialist if you have not seen one lately to see if it is possible if any surgery, bracing, and/or therapy would be of any benefit to get you more functional.

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My son 14 years is a case of cerebral palsy advise treatment or medicine to make life comfortable?

My son 14 years is a case of cerebral palsy advise treatment or medicine to make life comfortable?

Depends: Depends a lot on the kind of CP he has. Functional level will dictate orthopedic treatment, and many of the physiatry treatments (braces, wheelchairs etc). In a non- ambulatory patient, a good wheelchair is of utmost importance because they spend most of their time there. Ambulatory assistance may be more important in some less involved children. Surgery or gait aids may help.

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Can herbs help treat cerebral palsy?

Can herbs help treat cerebral palsy?

Not specifically: Herbs can provide nutrients to all of us as part of balanced nutrition.They do not change the perminant brain injury that is the basis for cerebral palsy.Proper assessment and treatment by a team of physical and occupational therapists is the standard of care for cp. Additional support for medical needs and balanced nutrition provide the best chance of optimal function.

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Can people of any age get cerebral palsy?

Can people of any age get cerebral palsy?

No: Cerebral palsy is due to a brain injury sustained before age two. The brain injury is stable, but the manifestations of the injury can change. Once you have been diagnosed with cp, you always have it. Adults can be diagnosed with a CP only if it was missed as a child.

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Microcephaly (Definition)

Is a neurodevelopmental disorder with a head circumference more than 2-3 standard deviations below the mean for age & gender. It may be congenital or develops in the first few years of life. It stems from wide variety of conditions that cause abnormal brain growth, or from syndromes associated with chromosomal abnormalities. Life expectancy is reduced, depending on ...Read more


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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