Cerebral Palsy is a term used to describe a group of chronic conditions affecting body movements and muscle coordination. It is caused by damage to the brain, usually occurring during fetal development, or during infancy. It can also occur before, during or shortly following birth. Cerebral Palsy is neither progressive (it doesn't get worse with time), nor communicable (you can't "catch it"). It is one of the most common disabling conditions of childhood. There are 4 types of Cerebral Palsy: Spastic Cerebral Palsy characterized by stiff and difficult movement; Athetoid Cerebral Palsy characterized by involuntary and uncontrolled movement; Ataxic Cerebral Palsy characterized by a disturbed sense of balance and depth perception; and Mixed Cerebral Palsy.
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Cerebral Palsy Resource Center
Provides information about many aspects of cerebral palsy, including history, types, causes, and CP in the media. From Carolyn, a woman with spastic hemiplegia as well as a seizure disorder.
Cerebral Palsy Society of New Zealand
Information on the types, causes, effects and management of CP.
Cerebral Palsy: A Guide for Care
Describes causes, symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment options, and types of cerebral palsy.
How Can I Help
Information for friends and relatives of a child with cerebral palsy.
Midwife Archives: Maternal Infection and Cerebral Palsy
Describes the increased risk of cerebral palsy created by maternal infection.
NINDS Cerebral Palsy
Information page compiled by The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
Patient UK: Cerebral Palsy
Factsheet on this syndrome, including its classificatio, epidemiology, presentation, differential diagnosis, investigations, associated diseases, management, prognosis and prevention.
‘One day I'll watch my son die’
Soon after the death of the Cameron’s boy, Claire Bates, whose son has cerebral palsy and epilepsy, describes the emotional consequences of having a terminally ill son. (February 25, 2009)
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