Is cerebral palsy contagious?

NO. Strange question to ask. Cerebral palsy is a disorder of control of motor fuction. It is a static encephalopathy often discovered early in life as a life long disability. The remarkable vigor and enthusiasm for life of many of these children is contagious. But their disorder and disability is not!

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How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?

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. Read more...
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. Read more...
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...

What causes cerebral palsy in child?

Damage to the brain. Cerebral palsy is a term used to label a child who has a static encephalopathy. There are many different types and degrees of dysfunction that fall within that label. There are abnormalities of motor function found on neurological examination, but the child may be quite intelligent and otherwise normal. The cause is complex but involves damage to motor control areas of the brain. Read more...
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...

What causes cerebral palsy in children?

Various causes. It is often not known, but any injury to the brain, whether through an infection, or inflammation or low oxygen, or other, can potentially lead to cerebral palsy. Those insults often happen early on in life or even during fetal stages of life. Read more...
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...

What are the symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy. there are multiple symptoms, if concerned you better see a physician in person for this. Read more...
Altered muscle tone. The characteristic abnormality of cerebral palsy is an alteration of muscle tone. In most cases it is an increase in resistance to passive movement called spasticity. There are some children who have a marked decrease in tone caled hypotonia. There may or not be intellectual deficits associated with the motor abnormality. Read more...
Non-progressive neur. We do not always know the reasons for Cerebral Palsy and we do not like to assign the Dx too early as some children might have slowdevelopment. Infants with CP might have spasticity of the extremities and trouble coordinating movements-which can later affect speech and swallowing. A Pediatrician should do a complete exam and you might mention your concerns so that if there is anyquestion-referral. Read more...

Are falculations in cerebral palsy normal?

Can be.. These are involuntary muscle fibre movements. It is nerve energy that spontaneously stimulates muscles. This can be seen with no bad outcome to patients. One has to ensure hydration, electrolyte balance and good Calcium and micronutrient intake, since such deficiencies can cause similar twitching. Read more...

What sort of disease is cerebral palsy (c.P.)?

Brain damage. CP is a form of brain damage in early life. It could be from lack of oxygen to the brain, a bleed from a broken/burst blood vessel, head trauma and similar. The brain damage could be while the baby is still in the mother's womb (in-utero) or in the first year or two of life after birth. It can cause problems with learning, thinking, movement, sensation and communication. Read more...
Abnormal muscle tone. CP is a non-progressive damage to white matter of brain, that part which control movement and tone of muscles. Most of the causes are genetic, chromosomal, metabolic and have onset before birth. Lack of oxygen during childbirth leading to CP is not a very common cause and many other things need to happen to link CP to lack of oxygen. Preterm babies and multiple gestation are risk factors too. Read more...
It is an injury. CP results from an injury to the developing nervous system of fetus, newborn or todler caused by various events.Brain hemorrage, a cut off of oxygen, or occasionally tissue damage from a viral infection can produce the pattern. Each child is an individual event and > half of mild cases have no apparent cause. Read more...
Cerebral palsy is a . Group of disorders of impaired motor functions that are described by the way they limit mobility & hand use. Most commonly from a fetal brain malformation or injury that occurred any time from the 3rd week of gestation till term, about 10-20% of cases occur from asphyxia during labor & delivery or in the first years of life. Pediatric, early intervention services & subspecialty care all help. Read more...

What are the main challenges of cerebral palsy?

Attempt to be normal. Cerebral palsy is a static encephalopathy that causes difficulty with control of parts of the body. Some patients also have mental retardation and epilepsy, and many with have significant orthopedic problems. However, given the proper treatment and therapy, many patients can lead very normal and productive lives. Read more...
Several. I can explain only the orthopedic aspects of CP as that is my specialty. There are primary secondary and tertiary issues in cp. The primary issue is in the brain. The secondary issues are deformity or spasticity, athetoid movements or balance issues that result from the primary issue. Then there are tertiary issues which are compensations for the secondary issues. Read more...
Developmental aspect. The ability to move, explore & compare objects is important for learning non-verbal problem-solving. Fine (hand) & gross (leg) motor delays impact independent feeding, toileting & dressing, as well as pre-school paper&pencil tasks. Oral motor problems impact eating & speaking. Therapy to improve quality of movements is important in infants at-risk for CP with transition to school district at 3. Read more...

What are the signs, symptoms of cerebral palsy?

Motor delay. Children with cerebral palsy have difficulty with movement because of an injury to the areas of the brain controling movement. They typically have delay attaining their motor milestones like sitting, crawling and walking. Read more...
Neuro symptoms. Weakness, abnormal motor control, balance problems are all possible. Most patients manifest each of these with one dominant factor, depending on the region of the brain that has been damaged. While the primary problem (the brain) cannot be fixed, deformities due to abnormal muscle tone can be fixed. Balance problems and abnormal motor control can lead to less predictable outcomes. Read more...

What is cerebral palsy and how can it be treated?

Research definition. CP is a disorder of movement or posture related to brain injury that occurred from pregnancy until the third birthday. Injury can be from loss of blood flow, oxygen,infection,etc. It can be associated with many other related problems depending on the extent. Each case is somewhat unique,most are mild and improve with developmental therapy like P.T.Referral to a developmental center is appropriate. Read more...