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Medical Malpractice > Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) actually refers to a group of chronic disorders that involve degrees of brain damage that affect body control and movement. The term cerebral refers to the brain, while palsy describes a disorder that impairs the control of body movement. These disorders are not the result of muscles or nerves problems. Instead, they are due to impaired motor areas in the brain that disrupt its ability to control movement and posture. The condition typically appears within the first few years of life and it is not marked by regression (it does not get worse over time).

Generally, there are four types of Cerebral palsy:  Spastic cerebral palsy, Athetoid  (or dyskinetic cerebral palsy), Ataxic cerebral palsy, and mixed forms.  Common causes of cerebral palsy are breech presentation, complicated labor or delivery, low birthweight, nervous system malformations, maternal bleeding or severe proteinuria, maternal hyperthyroidism, seizures in the newborn and doctor errors. Symptoms may include difficuty breathing, low birthweight, delayed development and mental retardation.

The United Cerebral Palsy Associations estimate that more than 500,000 Americans have cerebral palsy.  There is no cure for cerebral palsy.

  • Cerebral palsy is not a disorder caused by problems in the muscles or nerves.
  • Cerebral palsy is not contagious.
  • Cerebral palsy is not usually inherited from one generation to the next.
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