Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a noprogressive group of disorders caused by damage to the motor control centers of the developing brain. Therefore, people with cerebral palsy display symptoms such as abnormal muscle tone, movement, and coordination. Different types of cerebral palsy are classified according to the displayed symptoms.

An estimated three out of every 1000 children born in the U.S. suffer from cerebral palsy. While it is sometimes hard to pinpoint the exact cause of the disorder, sometimes the cause is apparent.

Perinatal cerebral palsy
Approximately 10 percent of CP cases are caused by complications during the birthing process, specifically complications that cause a lack to oxygen to the brain, also known as hypoxia. Failure by the doctor, midwife or nurse to recognize a lack of oxygen to the baby can lead to prolonged oxygen deprivation, which can result in brain injury and cerebral palsy.

Improper use of oxytocin (Pitocin), a substance that induces labor can also result in prolonged oxygen deprivation and therefore cerebral palsy.

The use of forceps or vacuum extraction may subject the baby’s brain to trauma that can lead to cerebral palsy.

Postnatal cerebral palsy risk factors
Head trauma, bacterial meningitis and other infections and birth defects affecting the lungs, brain, spinal cord and metabolism are examples of postnatal factors associated with cerebral palsy. There also seems to be a pattern relating the onset of CP to premature children and those born with low birth weight.

Medical malpractice may occur through improper care by medical staff during labor, delivery, and immediately following the birth. Failing to provide adequate care during labor and delivery can result in medical personnel being held liable for the outcome of their actions and inactions.

The prognosis for those diagnosed with cerebral palsy can vary, from limiting to debilitating.

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May 9, 2012 | Author: | Posted in Business


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