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If your first child is born at full-term with cerebral palsy, how likely are your future children to be affected?

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Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Physical & Rehabilitation Medicine
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In brief: Not clear cut

It really depends on the cause.
Often there is some identifiable risk factor or cause. For example the child who needs resuscitation at birth or had complicated pregnancy or delivery is more at risk and may not affect your risk of future affected children. But if the child has it as a result of a genetic disorder or a condition in the mom it could put you at risk of recurrence.

In brief: Not clear cut

It really depends on the cause.
Often there is some identifiable risk factor or cause. For example the child who needs resuscitation at birth or had complicated pregnancy or delivery is more at risk and may not affect your risk of future affected children. But if the child has it as a result of a genetic disorder or a condition in the mom it could put you at risk of recurrence.
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
Dr. Kathryn Mosher
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: Depends

CP is generally attributed to an unexplained injury to the developing brain anytime from pregnancy up to the third birthday.
The incidence is quoted as 5/1000 and is considered a sporadic event. Statistically you would multiply the incidence # by itself to give predicted recurrence at 2.5/100, 000. A consultation with a geneticist may shed light on any issue from which you have added risks.

In brief: Depends

CP is generally attributed to an unexplained injury to the developing brain anytime from pregnancy up to the third birthday.
The incidence is quoted as 5/1000 and is considered a sporadic event. Statistically you would multiply the incidence # by itself to give predicted recurrence at 2.5/100, 000. A consultation with a geneticist may shed light on any issue from which you have added risks.
Dr. James Ferguson
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