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Cerebral Palsy

Alternate Names : CP

Cerebral Palsy | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

What can be done to prevent the disease?

Cerebral palsy is not always preventable. The following recommendations may prevent some cases of CP:

  • good prenatal care
  • measures to prevent child abuse
  • phototherapy treatment for infants with newborn jaundice
  • RhoGAM injections after pregnancies and miscarriages for women who are Rh negative
  • rubella immunizations before pregnancy for women who are not already immune to German measles
  • use of appropriate car seats for infants and children
  • What are the long-term effects of the disease?

    CP can affect different areas of the brain. There can be many long-term effects from brain injury involving many areas of functioning. People with CP may have various limitations in activity due to movement problems. Learning disabilities or mental retardation may impair the person's ability to live independently. Some individuals with CP will need lifelong assistance for activities of daily living.

    The imbalance of muscle tone and strength can result in skeletal problems. The child may develop scoliosis, or curvature of the spine. The joints may lose their ability to bend, and the hip joints may dislocate easily.

    What are the risks to others?

    Cerebral palsy is not contagious and poses no risk to others.

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    Author: John Wegmann, MD
    Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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