Spastic Cerebral Palsy

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Information Regarding Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy

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Spastic cerebral palsy can be caused by damage to the brain’s motor cortex during birth. One in 500 babies is diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and approximately 80% of cerebral palsy cases are spastic. Many of those cases were preventable. Spastic cerebral palsy affects muscle control. Individuals with this type of cerebral palsy have spastic muscles and have difficulty moving without appearing stiff or halted.

Spasticity is the result of abnormally increased muscle tone, or “hypertonia,” which makes certain movements difficult, if not completely impossible. This stiffness occurs when damaged portions of the person’s brain send signals incorrectly to the muscles.

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Assessing Spasticity in Infants and Children

In infants and young children, spasticity is often assessed through observation, such as watching the child’s movement. A doctor may complete a full observation by examining the child’s joints and trying to elicit a quick muscle response to measure the child’s response time.

A thorough assessment will determine:

  • The extent of the child’s muscle control
  • The overall severity of the spasticity
  • Which muscles the spasticity affects
  • How spasticity will influence the child’s ability to perform tasks

Forms of Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Spastic cerebral palsy is further broken down into several different forms, based on the symptoms and area of movement. This disease is broken down as follows:

  • Spastic Diplegia - Muscle stiffness in the legs
  • Spastic Hemiplegia - One side of the body is affected and the arm is typically stiffer than the leg.
  • Spastic Quadriplegia - Both arms and both legs are affected in addition to the torso and the face.

What Causes Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy can be caused by events before, during, or after the birth including from a lack of oxygen and blood flow. Many cases of cerebral palsy are preventable if the cause is a lack of oxygen during labor, and if it is treated by a timely cesarean section before the brain is permanently injured.

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