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Can a child be diagnosed with cerebral palsy but not have brain damage visible on CT and mri?
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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Yes
Mri and ct show only the anatomy of the brain and not how it functions.
So although in most cases something is seen on MRI there are cases where the MRI is normal but the child still appears to have cerebral palsy.

In brief: Yes
Mri and ct show only the anatomy of the brain and not how it functions.
So although in most cases something is seen on MRI there are cases where the MRI is normal but the child still appears to have cerebral palsy.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Pediatrics
In brief: Unfortunately, yes.
Cerebral palsy(cp) can occur with no logical explanation, although prematurity, fetal distress, and birth accidents seem to increase the likelihood.
The baby with CP presumably either prenatally, during birth, or soon after delivery received some insult to the brain. Oftentimes the injury is on a microscopic level that can not be detected by ct or MRI studies--but is still just as devastating.

In brief: Unfortunately, yes.
Cerebral palsy(cp) can occur with no logical explanation, although prematurity, fetal distress, and birth accidents seem to increase the likelihood.
The baby with CP presumably either prenatally, during birth, or soon after delivery received some insult to the brain. Oftentimes the injury is on a microscopic level that can not be detected by ct or MRI studies--but is still just as devastating.
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
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