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Day: April 10, 2017

What’s the Difference Between Cerebral Palsy, Erb’s Palsy, and Klumpke’s Palsy?

“Palsy” is a medical term for types of paralysis or partial paralysis that involve different parts of the body and may have different causes. Cerebral palsy, Erb’s palsy and Klumpke’s palsy have some things in common. First, they all involve “palsy,” or paralysis of some type. Second, they can all be the result of birth injuries.

Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy is an umbrella term that refers to a group of disorders affecting a person’s ability to move. Cerebral palsy is a physical disability in which a child has difficulty or is unable to control the movement and posture of his body due to “palsy,” resulting in lack of muscle control.

Cerebral palsy can be the result of damage to the brain caused by lack of oxygen. This lack of oxygen can occur during pregnancy while the baby is still in the womb or during labor and delivery.

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