Is Cerebral Palsy Genetic?

If your child has received a cerebral palsy diagnosis, you may be wondering, “is cerebral palsy genetic?”

The short answer to the question is cerebral palsy genetic is a simple no.

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a term used to describe a group of brain injuries that affect muscle control and mobility. CP happens when there is damage to the motor areas of the brain before, during or shortly after birth. It is for this reason that CP is considered a birth injury. While the question “Is cerebral palsy genetic” is a valid one, it’s very unlikely that it is.

Cerebral palsy in babies can be caused by the following:

  • Infections in the mother during pregnancy
  • Lack of oxygen (asphyxia) to the infants brain during labor or delivery
  • A traumatic head injury to the infant
  • Severe jaundice

While these are the standard cerebral palsy causes usually given by medical professionals, there is an alternate explanation for what happened. Medical negligence could have been the cause of your child’s birth injury.

Sometimes cerebral palsy symptoms are similar to some genetic disorders (which is why so many parents ask: “Is cerebral palsy genetic?”). During your child’s cerebral palsy assessment, your child’s physician may run blood tests to rule out any genetic disorders that your child might have in addition to their cerebral palsy.

Get Legal Help

If your child’s CP was caused by medical negligence, a cerebral palsy lawsuit can help ease some of the financial burden of caring for a child with cerebral palsy. A lawsuit may also help prevent a similar situation from happening to another family. Call today for a free legal consultation.