Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a disorder of movement, muscle tone or posture that is caused by an insult to the immature, developing brain, most often before birth. Signs and symptoms appear during infancy or preschool years. In general, cerebral palsy causes impaired movement associated with exaggerated reflexes, floppiness or rigidity of the limbs and trunk, abnormal posture, involuntary movements, unsteadiness of walking, or some combination of these. One third of all patients with CP are likely to present with seizure disorders and these are treated with the same anti-epileptic medications as epilepsy (see below). Several medical advances have had positive outcomes for patients with CP most notably Intrathecal Baclofen, Botox Injections and surgical interventions. (Mayo Clinic)

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