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What is the difference between cerebral palsy and spastic hemiparesis or diplegia?

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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In brief: Terminology

Spastic diplegia refers to spasticity that primarily affects the legs, and spastic hemiplegia primarily affects one side of the body (arm and leg).
Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain and can present as either.

In brief: Terminology

Spastic diplegia refers to spasticity that primarily affects the legs, and spastic hemiplegia primarily affects one side of the body (arm and leg).
Cerebral palsy is a movement disorder caused by damage to an immature brain and can present as either.
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