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What causes cerebral palsy in child?

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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: 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

In brief: 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
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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