Diplegic cerebral palsy is often called spastic diplegia. In diplegic cerebral palsy, leg muscles are tense and afflicted with spasms. An infant with diplegic cerebral palsy may crawl using his arms to drag his body forward while his stomach remains on the ground. Leg muscles tend to be short and tight. Over time, joints usually stiffen and the range of motion sometimes decreases.
Cerebral palsy (CP) is a group of conditions of the brain and nervous system that impairs functions like movement, cognition, sight, and possibly hearing. CP is a disability resulting from injury to the brain before, during or shortly after birth. CP is often associated with: low levels of oxygen in the brain (hypoxia), prematurity, bleeding in the brain, brain infections, head injury, infections in the mother during pregnancy, and severe jaundice.
Diplegic Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
The intelligence and language skills of children with diplegic cerebral palsy are often unaffected. Most children who have diplegic cerebral palsy do eventually walk but usually with an abnormal gait. The feet of young children who are walking may point downward causing them to tiptoe. They may also have the knees crossed or touching, making a scissor motion while walking. The may need a walker or leg braces to support ankles and legs.
Doctors often speak of four general types of cerebral palsy:
- Spastic – also called diplegic describes sudden, abnormal, involuntary muscular contractions or a series of alternating muscular contractions and relaxations (spasms). Muscles are stiff and movements are jerky or awkward.
- Athetoid – marked by slow, writhing, involuntary muscle movements.
- Ataxic – characterized by uncoordinated voluntary muscle movement, balance problems.
- Mixed – combinations of abnormal muscle movements / mixture of the different types of CP.
Cerebral Palsy and Medical Negligence
In some cases, these causes could be the result of negligent medical care, or a mistake made by your doctor, midwife or nurse during the birth process. Call us today to learn more. Together, our teams are committed to helping you obtain the money you deserve to financially support your child’s medical care, therapies, nursing and special care, medications and assistive equipment.
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