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What causes cerebral palsy in children?

What causes cerebral palsy in children?

Hard to say: CP is caused by any injury to motor cortex in the brain from the point they become active in pregnancy to the 3rd birthday (research definition).These include loss of oxygen, blood flow, glucose (fuel), infection, trauma, etc. Studies show over half those with symptoms evident by age 7 had a normal pregnancy labor and delivery. The extent of impairment is quite variable. ...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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What causes cerebral palsy in child?

What  causes cerebral palsy in child?

Difficult to know: We understand that this relates to an injury to the nerves that control movement & posture within the region of the brain called the motor cortex. By definition the injury can happen any time from when the nerves form to the 3rd birthday (research definition).Whether this is from poor blood flow, silent stroke, low blood sugar, toxin or infection, no specific cause is apparent ...Read more

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I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

I was born with cerebral palsy. Can cerebral palsy lead to als? Are people with cerebral palsy at risk for als?

NO: CP is not a known cause of als. And ALS is not a result of cp. We do not know the cause of als. It has never been associated with cp. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Cerebral palsy and myoclonus related?

Spasticity: CP and myoclonus involve over active stretch reflexes. They are caused by release of these reflexes from higher cortical brain control. ...Read more

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Are there learning disabilities associated with mild cerebral palsy?

Are there learning disabilities associated with mild cerebral palsy?

None specific: Individuals with cerebral palsy may exhibit any number of learning disabilities due to the brain injury that caused the motor handicap. However, there is no specific LD. The effects of brain injury are individual. A child with CP should have a formal neuropsychological assessment when they are old enough to be tested. ...Read more

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Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Are cerebral palsy and epilepsy related?

Yes: Epilepsy refers to a seizure disorder. Children with CP have a static brain injury. This can result in some cases in abnormal bursts of activity (seizures). Not every child w CP has seizures but certainly more than the general population. ...Read more

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Cerebral palsy or physical disability more common in firstborn child?

No: Birth order is not a specific risk factor for cerebral palsy. It is however more likely to occur in children born prematurely. ...Read more

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Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Can cerebral palsy, global developmental delay and mental retardation coexist in a 6 y.O.?

Yes: All neurological problems are tips of the same iceberg, most types of brain problems have multiple manifestations, some are just more obvious than others. ...Read more

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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 motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

What causes motor development problems in a child with cerebral palsy?

Loss of motor neuron: The brain has areas where the nerves that issue working signals to the muscles are located. For these nerves to grow and mature after conception, they need nutrients (oxygen, protein, carbohydrates) all brought to them by the normal flow of blood to their location. This is assured when blood flow in the placenta & brain is normal. Nerves die if nutrients are cut off, and this causes motor problems. ...Read more

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Is cerebral palsy curable?

Is cerebral palsy curable?

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 more

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Cerebral palsy & mental illness common?

Behavior cer palsy: Behavioral problems are common in children with cerebral palsy. Child psychiatric disorders were found in 57% of the children, including 28 children meeting criteria for an attention deficit disorder, which was the most common (bjorgaas et al 2012) communication problem was significantly associated with having a psychiatric disorder. Early evaluation for children with CP may prevent severe behavio. ...Read more

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Could cerebral palsy affect growth and development?

Yes: Because of the wide variation in this process the outcome varies.Cp can be so mile it is unrecognised in a persons lifetime and exists in very subtle findings on a neurological exam. Some is so pronounced, the patient may remain infantile in his/her communication, mobility and self help skills through life. Physical growth tends to vary with the intensity of the disorder. ...Read more

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What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

What are main symptoms of child with cerebral palsy?

Trouble with moving: Cerebral plasy specifically refers to a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain. So the hallmark is trouble with motor development. ...Read more

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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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What causes cerebral palsy?

Injury to nerves: CP results from an stable (non-progessive) injury to brain cells that are devoted to movement, muscle control & posture. The injury can be lack of nutrients (oxygen, glucose) due to blood flow problems or hemorrhage or infection (virus, parasite, bacteria).The injury can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 yrs. ...Read more

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What causes cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy is caused by an abnormality or disruption in brain development, usually before a child is born. Causes include: random mutations in genes, maternal infections that affect the developing fetus, lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain, infant infections that cause inflammation in or around the brain, traumatic head injury to an infant from a motor vehicle accident, fall or abuse. ...Read more

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Do people with hemiplegic cerebral palsy have serious problems?

They can: Hemiplegic cerebral palsy is associated with a lesion on one side of the brain with a porencephalic cyst. This can have pressure and need decompression. There can be an epileptic scar with difficult seizures. There can be poor growth of the affected side of the body with scoliosis and other orthopedic problems. There can be serious learning and behavior problems. Some can be near normal. ...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


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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

A group of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect the ability to control movement of ...Read more