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Cerebral Palsy: A Lifelong Medical Condition

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Brain damage occurring before, during or shortly after birth can cause a baby to suffer permanent disability and functional impairment, often characteristic of one or more of the several types of cerebral palsy. When medical malpractice during labor and delivery or shortly after birth causes the baby to suffer cerebral palsy, the permanent brain injury to the baby was avoidable.

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Cerebral Palsy: A Lifelong Medical Condition

To understand what the term Cerebral Palsy means and the medical condition to which the term Cerebral Palsy refers, one must consider the medical definitions of two common terms:  “Cerebral” and “Palsy”

Cerebral is defined as “of or relating to the brain” by both the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary and The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary. Cerebral Palsy has its roots in a condition of the brain.

Palsy is defined as a condition that is characterized by uncontrollable tremor or quivering of the body or one or more of its parts in the Merriam-Webster Medical Dictionary.  The definition of Palsy in the The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary is similar, where Palsy is defined as a “complete or partial muscle paralysis, often accompanied by loss of sensation and uncontrollable body movements or tremors.”

In short, the medical term Cerebral refers to the brain, the part of the body the dysfunction of which causes the symptoms that characterize the condition, and the medical term Palsy refers to the symptoms caused by the dysfunction of the brain. 

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Birth Injuries and Labor and Delivery Malpractice

Cerebral Palsy

I. Cerebral Palsy: A Lifelong Medical Condition

A. What is Cerebral Palsy?

B. Definitions of Cerebral Palsy

II. Three Main Types of Cerebral Palsy

A. Classified by Type of Movement Disorder

1. Spastic Cerebral Palsy

a. What is Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

i. Spastic
ii. Spasm
iii. Spastic Paralysis

b. How Does Spastic Cerebral Palsy Interfere with Movement?

c. What Causes Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

d. Do Cases of Spastic Cerebral Palsy Vary in Severity?

i. Mild Spastic Cerebral Palsy Cases

ii. Severe Spastic Cerebral Palsy Cases

e. Does the Severity of Spasticity ever Change in Cases of Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

f. What can be done to help control the severity of cases of Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

2. Athetoid Cerebral Palsy (Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy)

A. What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?

i. Athetosis Defined

B. What Causes Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?

i. Severe Newborn Jaundice

ii. Blood Type Incompatibility

a. Rh Disease

C. Is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Preventable?

3. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

A. What is Ataxic Cerebral Palsy?

i. Ataxia

B. What Causes Ataxic Cerebral Palsy?

C. Is There a Cure for Ataxic Cerebral Palsy?

i. Some symptoms may improve

ii. Some symptoms may worsen

4. Combined Classifications of Cerebral Palsy

III. Four Forms of Cerebral Palsy

A. Classified by Severity of Permanent Disability and the Body Parts Affected

1. Quadriplegia

2. Diplegia

3. Hemiplegia

4. Triplegia

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