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What happens to cerebral palsy patients as they grow older?

What happens to cerebral palsy patients as they grow older?

Depends on degree: I have seen a non walking three year old whose family was told not to expect much, grow up to be a happy teen (with some learning problems & difficulty typing). Each case is different and outcome varies with the intensity of the brain injury. Good nutrition, therapy & a suportive environment go a long way to make their lives enjoyable. ...Read more

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 could be the cause of a fast heartrate in a 20 year old cerebral palsy patient?

What could be the cause of a fast heartrate in a 20 year old cerebral palsy patient?

How fast?: Tachycardia needs evaluation. Common causes are caffeinated beverages, chocolate, or decongestants. Medications also cause tachycardia. Please see your doctor for proper evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How can caregivers best support patients with cerebral palsy?

As normal as possibl: Children with cerebral palsy can lead nearly normal lives. They may need special equipment and some assistance at school, and help with daily activities. However, they should try to achieve as normal function as possible. Many support services are available. A good medical specialist can help to coordinate services. A specific disability can be over come with good support and management. ...Read more

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What is the indication of tachycardia in patient with cerebral palsy?

What is the indication of tachycardia in patient with cerebral palsy?

Infection?: Tachycardia could be sec to multiple reasons.
A reaction to certain medications
congenital (present at birth) electrical pathway abnormalities in the heart
congenital abnormalities of the heart
iinfection. Electrolyte imbalance
heart disease which has resulted in poor blood supply and damage to heart tissues, hyperthroidism, lung disease etc. ...Read more

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What type of doctor best treats an adult patient with moderate cerebral palsy?

Rehab physician: Depends on the problem, but for overall cp-related care I would recommend a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation (pm&r). For seizures, a neurologist; for constipation and gerd, gi. For scoliosis or hip pain, orthopedics. ...Read more

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My son is 18 m old having cerebral palsy? Hw to cure

No cure: But treatment may help a great deal
best would be to get referral to a pediatric center for evaluation by multiple specalists including orthopedic surgeons / neurologist etc

best wishes these things are difficult but help is out there. ...Read more

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I have a five year old with cerebral palsy what type of enrichment activites should I give her?

I have a five year old with cerebral palsy what type of enrichment activites should I give her?

Too generic: Unfortunately, given that children can be affected by cerebral palsy in such a wide variety of ways, this question is too hard to answer without more information. But it would be beneficial to see a physical medicine and rehabilitation specialist (physiatry) if you don't already see one. ...Read more

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My son who is suffering from cerebral palsy is 9 years old is not toilet trained. Is he likely to ever learn?

My son who is suffering from cerebral palsy is 9 years old is not toilet trained. Is he likely to ever learn?

Depends/understaning: To control toileting requires that the individual receive & understand the sensations that signal stooling or voiding readiness. Then they must be able to approch the bathroom, alter clothing, empty, then reverse the process. CP affects central understanding and muscle control in diverse ways so the answer is maby. Pedi developmental or GI docs often deal with such issues. ...Read more

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Does cerebral palsy cause a child's coordination to get worse as he grows older?

Non progressive: Cerebral palsy is a result of a brain injury. The damage is non progressive. However, as a person grows, the imbalances may make people clumsy. In addition, the spasticity that characterizes CP can cause limitation of motion at joints, especially the legs, . Physical therapy with stretching of joints is important to prevent limitation of function. ...Read more

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How deep to suction a child with a trach 9year old child with trach diagnosed with cerebral palsy

Gently: Pass a soft suction catheter gently until resistance is met then withdraw while applying suction. May need to repeat several times until clear. ...Read more

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If my 9-month old can sit but not crawl or walk, does she have cerebral palsy?

If my 9-month old can sit but not crawl or walk, does she have cerebral palsy?

No: Many babies don't crawl on all fours but rather scoot or roll around. If your baby is doing these things then she is developmentally on tract. If she is not, then she needs further evaluation by your pediatrician, things could still be normal. ...Read more

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My 21 months old child is extremely clumsy. How could I find out if something is wrong like cerebral palsy?

My 21 months old child is extremely clumsy. How could I find out if something is wrong like cerebral palsy?

Start with pediatric: Start with her doctor who can give you an opinion about her motor function. If necessary, your doctor may refer you to a pediatric neurologist. Hopefully she is just clumsy. ...Read more

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I have a 34 year old male friend with cerebral palsy, will chiropractic therapies be of any help?

Depends: Chiropractic treatment will not treat the cerebral palsy unfortunately. There might be some relief with some of the spasms/stiffness associated with the disease; but any only 'soft tissue' work should be conducted. There have been no studies onthe benefit of chiropractic manipulation so let the buyer beware. ...Read more

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Should I be concerned if my daughter is 22 months old and is extremely clumsy, could it be mild cerebral palsy?

Should I be concerned if my daughter is 22 months old and is extremely clumsy, could it be mild cerebral palsy?

Time for a visit: A certain amount of clumsiness is common in early childhood. However, if it is enough to raise your concern it is enough to raise it as a specific issue with your pcp/peds. An evaluation at an early childhood center with a physical therapist and or ot may reveal or exclude delays or suggest such a label. ...Read more

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What should I do about ataxic cerebral palsy in a 2 yr old?

What should I do about ataxic cerebral palsy in a 2 yr old?

Cp program: I recommend your child be seen at a multidisciplinary cerebral palsy program, where occupational and physical therapists can evaluate and make recommendations for management. ...Read more

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How can I stop seizure in my 4year old son as a result of cerebral palsy.

See neurologist: You can consult with a pediatric neurologist or an adult neurologist if a pediatric one is not available. This issue cannot be treated over the internet. ...Read more

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The neuro my 2 year old daughter sees is testing her for autism and that's it. I think she may have cerebral palsy how can I get her tested.!?

Hx & Exam: The definition of CP is a disorder of movement & posture due to injury to the developing nervous system that ocrurred anytime from pregnancy to 3 yrs of age. If you have seen a neuro & s/he is not concerned about the kids movements, you have been checked. However, there are mild forms of CP that may not become evident untill more refined movements are expected as an older child. ...Read more

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My 18 year old daughter has cerebral palsy and has temper tantrums. Is there a link between the two?

Yes: Emotional dyscontrol is very common in cases of damage to frontal lobes or other portions of the emotional circuitry known as the limbic system. These areas of the brain can be damaged in cerebral palsy. Medication and counseling may be helpful. ...Read more

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I have an 8 year old with mild cerebral palsy, how long will she need physical therapy... She goes once a week right now and it's really helping.

I have an 8 year old with mild cerebral palsy, how long will she need physical therapy... She goes once a week right now and it's really helping.

Continue: She should continue with physical therapy as long as it helps. As she gets older, some physical activities will take the place of the PT, but do not rush to end it if she is still benefiting. ...Read more

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My 30months old son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He srill can't walk but he's undergoing physical therapy. Is there a chance for him to walk?

Cerebral palsy: Cerebral palsy has a wide range of severity. Many children with CP are able to walk. It would be helpful to discuss the specifics of the nature of your son's cerebral palsy with your doctor. Depending on the nature and severity your son may require physical therapy, braces or aids, or surgical pricedures. I would recommend seeing an orthopaedic surgeon. ...Read more

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My niece who was 2 years old, has cerebral palsy since his birth. His doc prefer us to use l-carnitine with the other meds. What's the effect of that?

My niece who was 2 years old, has cerebral palsy since his birth. His doc prefer us to use l-carnitine with the other meds. What's the effect of that?

Helps metbolize fats: Carnitine plays a key role in transporting fats across the mitochondrial membrane. Some individuals with cerebral palsy have genetic metabolic imbalances like glutaric acidemia type 1 that cause carnitine deficiency. But since I do not know the details of your niece's condition, this question can be better answered by her doctor! ...Read more

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My child seems to cross his legs when he sleeps and when his sitting on my lap, he's 5 months old I read that it could be a sign of cerebral palsy I'm a little worried?

My child seems to cross his legs when he sleeps and when his sitting on my lap, he's 5 months old I read that it could be a sign of cerebral palsy I'm a little worried?

Crosslegged: Sitting crosslegged is a typical posture in the uterus. It is also very normal for babies. Babies who are sitting nicely at 5 months are most likely healthy! If your baby is developing nicely, cerebral palsy should be low on your list of worries. Have your pediatrician go over developmental milestones with you. ...Read more

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Is a g-tube or jejunostomy be viable in a 15 year old with cerebral palsy who cannot get enough calories?

Is a g-tube or jejunostomy be viable in a 15 year old with cerebral palsy who cannot get enough calories?

Options: Either option will achieve the goal of increasing calories. Talk with your surgeon or doc, about the risk/benefit profile of each procedure. There are tubes that can be placed endoscopically, and have two ports for added safety and convienience. ...Read more

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How do I give my 5 year old son who has cerebral palsy a nasal rinse? He has asthma but he is also allergic to eggs, wheat, nuts, corn.

How do I give my 5 year old son who has cerebral palsy a nasal rinse? He has asthma but he is also allergic to eggs, wheat, nuts, corn.

Drops over rinse: If swallowing & gagging are issues with your son you should probably stay away from the large amounts of saline involved with rinses. In his case this may lead to aspiration pneumonia. Instead put a few drops or a few sprays of saline mist in his nose. You can try gently bulb suctioning out mucous after putting the saline in his nose. ...Read more

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My 35 year old daughter with Cerebral Palsy has for the past month frequent abnormal large bowel movements?

My 35 year old daughter with Cerebral Palsy has for the past month frequent abnormal large bowel movements?

Is it diarrhea?: A secretory diarrhea can produce large volumes of stool and should be tested for infection and other pathology. Have her primary care physician aware of this change any they can order stool studies in order to make a diagnosis. Once determined, proper treatment can begin. Be sure to test for C diff. ...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


Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Cerebral Palsy (Definition)

Refers to a group of disorders characterized by motor and postural dysfunction. These disorders are non progressive, meaning that the motor problems do not ...Read more