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Is it true that cerebral palsy is hereditary?

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Dr. William Singer
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: No

Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that is acquired as a result of a brain injury during a pregnancy, during labor or shortly after birth.
There are neurologic disorders that ultimately result in motor abnormalities, but they are not cerebral palsy.

In brief: No

Cerebral palsy is a motor handicap that is acquired as a result of a brain injury during a pregnancy, during labor or shortly after birth.
There are neurologic disorders that ultimately result in motor abnormalities, but they are not cerebral palsy.
Dr. William Singer
Dr. William Singer
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: NO

Cerebral palsy is a static encephalopathy which is related to some form of brain injury or brain malformation.
There are genetic conditions that may cause symptoms similar to cerebral palsy, but they must be considered as a separate disorder. Hereditary disorders that affect brain function may present like a form of cp, but a more definite diagnosis must then be made.

In brief: NO

Cerebral palsy is a static encephalopathy which is related to some form of brain injury or brain malformation.
There are genetic conditions that may cause symptoms similar to cerebral palsy, but they must be considered as a separate disorder. Hereditary disorders that affect brain function may present like a form of cp, but a more definite diagnosis must then be made.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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Dr. James Ferguson
Pediatrics

In brief: No

CP involves an injury to the developing nervous system during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 years of life.
The accepted model is lack of nutrients (like oxygen)to the parts of the brain that are part of the motor system. You don't inherit an injury.

In brief: No

CP involves an injury to the developing nervous system during pregnancy, labor, delivery or the first 3 years of life.
The accepted model is lack of nutrients (like oxygen)to the parts of the brain that are part of the motor system. You don't inherit an injury.
Dr. James Ferguson
Dr. James Ferguson
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