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Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is a term for a group of disorders that can involve brain and nervous system functions such as movement, learning, hearing, seeing, and thinking. Cerebral Palsy appears during the first few years of life and affects a child’s ability to coordinate body movements. It can cause muscles to be weak and floppy, or rigid and stiff.

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Klumpke's Palsy

Klumple’s palsy, also known as Kulmpke’s paralysis, is a type of partial palsy located on the lower parts of the branchial plexus or the spinal nerves at the back of the neck. The paralysis involves hand and forearm muscles not working properly, as well as abnormal posture in the long term.

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Cerebral Palsy Key Points

  • Trauma at birth accounts for 80% of cases.
  • Affects a child's ability to coordinate body movements.
  • Cerebral Palsy affects between two and four of every 1,000 live births.
Conditions Caused By Cerebral Palsy

  • Severe oxygen deprivation to the brain (hypoxia) or significant trauma to the head during labor and delivery. May result from leaving the child in the birth canal too long, breech births (with the feet, knees, or buttocks coming out first), or failure to detect a prolapsed cord (the umbilical cord can wrap around the child's neck, cutting off oxygen to the brain)
  • Excessive use of vacuum extraction or improper use of forceps
  • Failure to respond to changes in the fetal heart rate/fetal distress
  • Failure to plan a C-section when one was appropriate (a high birth weight infant could compromise normal, spontaneous, vaginal delivery)
  • Vascular or respiratory problems in the infant during birth
  • Failure to diagnose bleeding in the brain
  • Failure to diagnose brain infections (encephalitis, meningitis, herpes simplex infections) in the infant
  • Failure to treat seizures shortly after birth
  • Failure to timely diagnose and treat severe jaundice in the infant
  • Failure to diagnose Rh incompatibility between mother and infant
  • Infections in the mother during pregnancy (rubella, varicella, Cytomegalovirus, Toxoplasmosis, Syphilis)
  • Failure to respond to mother’s changing conditions, such as high blood pressure or toxemia
Side Effects & Symptoms

  • Parents may notice that their child is delayed in reaching, and in developmental stages such as sitting, rolling, crawling, or walking.
  • Muscles that are very tight and do not stretch. They may tighten up even more over time. Joints are tight and do not open up all the way (called joint contracture).
  • Abnormal walk (gait): arms tucked in toward the sides, knees crossed or touching, legs make "scissors" movements, walking on the toes.
  • Abnormal movements (twisting, jerking, or writhing) of the hands, feet, arms, or legs while awake, which gets worse during periods of stress. Floppy muscles, especially at rest, and joints that move around too much
  • Tremors
  • Muscle weakness or loss of movement in a group of muscles (paralysis).
  • The symptoms may affect one arm or leg, one side of the body, both legs, or both arms and legs.

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