Cerebral Palsy - Symptoms

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What are symptoms and signs of cerebral palsy?

The predominant symptoms and signs of cerebral palsy are related to motor difficulties, which are the consequence of the brain damage. The extension and severity of the brain lesion is the leading factor in the magnitude of the motor deficit. Many of the symptoms observed in these children are related to the primary problem that is impaired motor functions. For example, developmental motor delay, gait disorders, poor fine and gross motor coordination, swallowing disorders, or speech delay are all the result of the basic motor disorder. The way they present varies from child to child. For that reason, it is difficult to describe a clinical picture that will satisfy every child with cerebral palsy. The clinical presentation, even though with many common features, is very much unique for a particular child. In addition, the comorbid conditions add more to the uniqueness of the presentation of the child with cerebral palsy. For example some children may be blind, while others may have normal vision; or some children may have severe cognitive delay while others may have normal or near normal cognitive level.

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Comment from: a mother, 3-6 Female (Caregiver) Published: December 17

The main symptoms associated with cerebral palsy are that she doesn't speak, she punches herself in the face and she pulls her hair out. The doctors have said she has got too much white matter in the brain. She has a lot of phlegm on her chest.

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Comment from: Sharon, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 16

At 51, I am walking with crutches. I used AFOs (ankle foot orthosis) at various times. I've had four joint replacements as an adult and several surgeries as a child. Cerebral palsy affects my motor control and speech somewhat. Otherwise, I drive a car, got married, received my graduate degree, worked as a counselor, and had a son who is now 20. After my divorce, I raised my son by myself for 12 years. Currently, I live alone and receive help from aides four hours daily.

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