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How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?
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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. George Gantsoudes
Orthopedic Surgery - Pediatric
In brief: Physical exam
The best way to initially diagnose cerebral palsy is with a thorough history and physical exam. If needed, a brain imaging study can help detail affected areas of the brain.

In brief: Physical exam
The best way to initially diagnose cerebral palsy is with a thorough history and physical exam. If needed, a brain imaging study can help detail affected areas of the brain.
Dr. George Gantsoudes
Dr. George Gantsoudes
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics
In brief: Physical exam
Since infants do little more than feed & cuddle we must wait until they are a little older to begin showing abnormalities of muscle tone & difficulty acheiving motor skills before CP is suspected.
I have suspected this as early as 6 months but it is often around a year before the features are evident enough to make the dx.Workup may look into look alike issues.

In brief: Physical exam
Since infants do little more than feed & cuddle we must wait until they are a little older to begin showing abnormalities of muscle tone & difficulty acheiving motor skills before CP is suspected.
I have suspected this as early as 6 months but it is often around a year before the features are evident enough to make the dx.Workup may look into look alike issues.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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