Is cerebral palsy the result of “birth injury? ” how is different from a “birth defect”?

Cerebral palsy is a . Group of disorders of impaired motor functions described by limitations of mobility & hand use. Fetal brain malformations or ?ed blood flow/oxygen can occur from the 3rd week of gestation till term, especially near the end of the 2nd trimester. Asphyxia during labor & delivery or in the first years of life accounts for ~ 10 of cases, in whom hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy is diagnosed.
See below. Cerebral palsy can be caused by random genetic mutation before the birth, maternal infection during pregnancy, fetal stroke during pregnancy, or a lack of oxygen to the brain during labor and delivery. This is why the baby is constantly monitored during labor to make sure that they are safe and doing well. A birth defect is usually a genetic abnormality.
Not necessarily/lots. CP results from injury to the developing brain anytime from pregnancy to the 3rd birthday.Studies published in the early 80's showed most CP kids had normal pregnancy/labor/delivery& first 3yrs.Birth injury implicated in some. A birth defect involves a malformation like cleft palate or distruction like amnionic band amputation of fingers. Pregnancy involves variable risk.
Complex question. Cerebral palsy is a description of static dysfunction of muscle control due to brain disorder. About 50% are of unknown cause. About 30% are due to definable developmental defects of the brain. Less than 20% can be associated with birth injury. Birth defects affect 2 to 3% of all children. Most are of heart, kidney, gut, limbs, lip, etc. Defects of the brain may result in cerebral palsy.

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What kind of a birth injury can lead to cerebral palsy?

Vacuum suction. Vacuum suction assisted delivery is probably the most common cause of bith injury, which results in injury to the infant's central nervous system, ranging from a bleed , infarction of a part of the brain, subdural hematoma and ventricular bleed. Read more...
See below. Cerebral palsy can be caused by random genetic mutation before the birth, maternal infection during pregnancy, fetal stroke during pregnancy, or a lack of oxygen to the brain during labor and delivery. This is why the baby is constantly monitored during labor to make sure that they are safe and doing well. Cerebral palsy can also occur after birth due to head trauma and/or infections. Read more...

I was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cerebral palsy which I have from a birth injury. I had a peg tube because I still can't swallow.?

GI dysmotility? Doubt Botox caused swallowing problem. When did that begin? I would recommend getting a second opinion, as birth injury is not usually associated with CP. Did they try nasogastric or nasojejeunal tube feeding? Did a GI doc do an esophageal motility and gastric emptying time study? Do you have other organ system problems, like dysautonomia, muscle/joint pain, autoimmune? Possibly mitochondrial. Read more...

Is cerebral palsy a usual birth defect caused by in utero stroke?

Possible. It is possible that cerebral palsy may be related to in utero cerebral infarct (stroke) - but there are many causes of cerebral palsy. Here is an article which may be helpful to describe causes of cerebral palsy: http://www.Webmd.Com/brain/understanding-cerebral-palsy-basic-information. Read more...