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Cerebral Palsy

Medical Conditions

Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders, caused by damage to the nervous system before, during, or after birth. 

Signs and symptoms may include the following:

  • Muscle weakness or tightness
  • Involuntary movements, like grimacing or jerking
  • Balance problems, lack of coordination, trouble walking

Symptoms can range from very mild to quite severe. Children with cerebral palsy may also have trouble with seizures, speech disorders, or mental retardation.

Browse the resources listed on this page for more information about the following topics related to cerebral palsy:

  • Baclofen therapy
  • Hemiplegia
  • Periventricular leukomalacia
  • Rhizotomy
  • Spastic diplegia

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