What is cerebral palsy?

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.
Depends. CP is a disorder of movement or posture related to brain injury that occurred at some point from pregnancy until the third birthday. It can be associated with many other related problems depending on the expent. Each case is somewhat unique ; most are mild and improve with developmental therapy like P.T.Referral to a developmental center is appropriate..

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What causes cerebral palsy?

Injury to nerves. CP results from an stable (non-progessive) injury to brain cells that are devoted to movement, muscle control & posture. The injury can be lack of nutrients (oxygen, glucose) due to blood flow problems or hemorrhage or infection (virus, parasite, bacteria).The injury can occur during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 yrs. Read more...
Brain injury. Cerebral palsy is a static encephalopathy which results in a problem with control of muscles. Children may be found to have the condition shortly after birth. Some are due to injury at birth, others due to injury in utero, many the cause is never determined. Injury to the brain after birth can result in a form of acquired cerebral palsy such as from meningitis, stroke, injury, brain surgery. Read more...

What causes cerebral palsy?

Cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is caused by an abnormality or disruption in brain development, usually before a child is born. Causes include: random mutations in genes, maternal infections that affect the developing fetus, lack of oxygen or blood flow to the brain, infant infections that cause inflammation in or around the brain, traumatic head injury to an infant from a motor vehicle accident, fall or abuse. Read more...
Cerebral palsy is a . group of motor impairments defined by the way they affect mobility & hand use. Genetic errors, prenatal exposure to alcohol or drugs & other factors can alter brain formation as early as 3 wks. after conception. Decreased flow of blood & oxygen to the fetal brain from maternal, placental or fetal problems can occur any time before or during birth. Trauma & infection can cause CP up to age 3 yrs. 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 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...

Can you tell me what is cerebral palsy and what causes it. What are some treatments for it?

Depends. CP is a disorder of movement or posture related to brain injury that occurred at some point from pregnancy until the third birthday. It can be associated with many other related problems depending on the expent. Each case is somewhat unique ; most are mild and improve with developmental therapy like pt. It sounds like you need a family conference with dr or referral to a developmental center. Read more...

Please describe to me what is cerebral palsy global developmental delay.?

CP and GDD. Cerebral palsy is a developmental disability that is described as a disorder affecting movement and posture due to injury or abnormal development of the immature brain. Global developmental delay refers to delayed development in all areas: language, gross motor, fine motor, social, adaptive skills. Some children with CP are initially noted to have global developmental delays. Read more...
Global delay. Many children with cerebral palsy have a delay in achieving their milestones, whether it be walking, talking, coordinated hand movements, etc. Sometimes this can also include more basic functions, like swallowing. The cases where all or almost all functions are included are considered globally delayed. Read more...
Gereralized neuro. Cerebral palsy is an acquired brain damage manifesting itself as abnormal motor development, spasticity or marked decrease in muscle tone. Global developmental delay indicates that all aspects of developmental aspects, language, motor, social areas. Read more...

Overheard medical student talking with pediatrician in the hall. What is cerebral palsy?

Please see below. Cerebral palsy (CP) is actually a group of disorders where there is a problem with development of movement and posture; this limits activity. It's attributed to disturbances that occurred in the brain of a developing fetus or infant. Changes in sensation, intelligence, speech, behavior and/or a seizure disorder may accompany the abnormalities of muscle function. Read more...
Movement disorder. CP is a static movement disorder that is caused by many things. It is static, because it does not progress in severity. It can be caused by lack of oxygen at the time of delivery, by decreased placental perfusion to the fetus inutero, by inutero infection, meningitis post birth, and in some cases no clear answer why. There are a group of diseases that mimck CP but are treatable. Read more...
Brain Problem. Cerebral palsy is an insult to the developing brain, usually before the age of 2 years old. It can happen in the womb, at birth or shortly after birth. It can show up as anything that the brain controls, which is everything, so kids can have speech, hearing, walking, coordination, , etc problems. There is a broad range of types and severity from very mild to children who are in wheelchairs. Read more...
Motor handicap. Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that results from brain damage that occurs during the pregnancy or delivery. It is characterized by an abnormality of muscle tone, either an increase called spasticity, or decrease called hypotonia. Read more...

What types of cerebral palsy are there?

Types of CP. A general explanation of the classifications of cerebral palsy would be difficult with the limitations of this forum, but I have added a link which may be informative for you. http://cerebralpalsy.org/about-cerebral-palsy/types-and-forms/ Read more...