Severe Cerebral Palsy

Severe cerebral palsy may be the result of medical negligence. Abnormal movement is the basic symptom of cerebral palsy (CP). Two common symptoms of the most severe cerebral palsy are the lack of ability to walk and to speak. These children might also suffer severe seizures. The medical problems that occur over time for people with severe cerebral palsy can be very stressful for a family. Caregiving can be both costly and time consuming, especially over a lifetime.

Severe Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

In, Cerebral Palsy: A Complete Guide for Caregiving, by Freeman Miller MD and Steven J. Bachrach MD, the following possible symptoms of severe cerebral palsy are listed:

  • Mental retardation / delayed development
  • Learning disabilities
  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity disorder
  • Seizures
  • Vision problems
  • Trouble swallowing
  • Speech problems
  • Hearing loss
  • Spinal deformities including scoliosis, humpback (kyphosis) and saddle back (lordosis)
  • Hip dislocation
  • Joint contractures
  • Discrepancy of leg length
  • Drooling
  • Delayed growth
  • Depression
  • Fragile bones and frequent fractures
  • Cavities
  • Incontinence or constipation

Early intervention can help to reduce the severity of these symptoms. Doctors now know much more about treatment and therapies that can help. The therapies for severe cerebral palsy are also useful for mild cerebral palsy.

Hypotonic and Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

An infant with hypotonic CP will not be able to flex arms and legs. Children with hypotonic cerebral palsy have postures that appear floppy. The symptoms of athetoid cerebral palsy are slow movement, rigidity in some muscles and weakness in others. The muscles can alternate between tense and floppy. Both types can be mild or severe cerebral palsy.

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

The most severe cerebral palsy types are those that are most spastic. Spastic hemiplegia affects an arm and a leg on one side, either the right or left. In spastic diplegia a child’s legs, or less often, his arms, are affected. Spastic quadriplegia is the most severe form of cerebral palsy. It affects the entire body.

Birth Injury Law Firm

If your child has severe cerebral palsy, consider how it happened. Think over the actions and inactions of people who attended you before, during and after birth. Medical negligence happens. Improper medical care can be prevented. Taking legal action just might prevent it from happening again by the same medical team. Call a nurse case manager at Sokolove Law today for a free consultation.