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Category: Cerebral Palsy

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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New Guidelines for Cerebral Palsy Detection and Care

AAR_2_BetaCerebral Palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children and young people.. Shockingly, approximately one in every 400 babies born in the United Kingdom is diagnosed with this motor disability. And while it’s true that there is no cure for cerebral palsy, the sooner it is diagnosed and treatment is begun, the better the quality of life will be for the child and his or her entire family. A British patient advocacy organization, National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), has issued a new guideline that aims to improve cerebral palsy diagnosis and treatment.

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Medical Negligence and the Risks of Cerebral Palsy

While there are always risks associated with childbirth, most women are able to safely bring their child into the world with the help of experienced medical professionals; however, a select few become the victim of medical malpractice. In the event that a nurse or doctor does not act quickly enough or appropriately for the circumstances that arise during birth, a baby can suffer injury or even death. When a baby sustains brain injuries during birth, such as physical trauma or a lack of oxygen, the child may suffer a condition known as cerebral palsy.

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