How is cerebral palsy diagnosed?
Cerebral palsy is defined as a condition marked by impaired muscle coordination (spastic paralysis) and/or other disabilities typically caused by damage to the brain before or at birth. Typically, a cerebral palsy diagnosis comes from a through medical history and examination.
There is not one specific test to diagnose cerebral palsy. There are various tests a medical professional can perform such as neurological exams, blood and urine tests, brain imaging studies such as a MRI or SPECT to assess a child for a diagnosis.
There are four types of CP that a child may be diagnosed with. Each type does impact different muscle groups in different ways. The four types include:
- Ataxic: Shaky movements and unsteady balance
- Athetoid: Uncontrolled and involuntary movements
- Spastic: Stiff and weak muscles
- Mixed: Combination of types (usually Spastic and Athetoid)
If a medical mistake occurred at or before the time of birth and as a result your child suffers from cerebral palsy, financial compensation may be available to you and your child. No amount of money will cure your child, however obtaining compensation will help ease your burden by assuring that your child receives quality care throughout his or her lifetime. This can make a real difference in your child’s life and in your life.
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