Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders resulting from cerebral injury to the immature brain, impairing movement, posture, and tone. Genetic mutations, fetal stroke, maternal infections, intracranial bleeding, head trauma, lack of oxygen supply, and brain infections result in cerebral palsy. The complications associated with cerebral palsy include shortening of muscle tissues, malnutrition, osteoarthritis, osteopenia, malnutrition, premature aging, and cardiac and hepatic disorders.
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My baby's bilirubin levels are above 21. Is he at risk for cerebral palsy?
Query: Hello doctor,I was recently blessed with a baby boy. This week, I just took him to the hospital to check if he had jaundice, as he seemed too sleepy and the bilirubin levels came to 21.80 on the eighth day. I do not know at which rate the levels were being raised. The doctor immediately put him unde... Read Full »
Answer: Hello doctor, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand the situation you are going through. Yes, it is definitely a high level of bilirubin. There will be proper guidelines laid down regarding the management of jaundice in newborn which doctors will follow. If the levels are too high and fall in... Read Full »
My daughter's neurologist suspects she has cerebral palsy; she also suffered a cardiac arrest two months back. What is the treatment?
Query: Hello doctor, My daughter has been in the ICU and diagnosed with a hypoxic-ischemic injury and injury to the occipital lobe basal ganglia cerebellum on the MRI. It happened after the cardiac arrest two months back. A brain CT scan was done two weeks after her admission, and it was all clear. The neu... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to iclinq.com. As per your information, after cardiac arrest, hypoxic brain injury can occur if the blood and oxygen flow is hampered to the brain. Such brain injury can occur at the cellular level, and the areas that need more oxygen are greatly affected, like the basal ganglia, ce... Read Full »
Why do repeated seizures occur in a cerebral palsy patient?
Query: Hi doctor,My sister has cerebral palsy with grand mal seizures. She is 28 years and weighs about 25 kg. Today she had a seizure attack about seven times that would last for almost a minute per attack. She underwent an EEG. Our neurologists are out of town, so we just needed an opinion on the followi... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. I would suggest taking Tegretol 200 mg (Carbamazepine) three times daily and Clonazepam 2 mg two times daily. In case of repeated seizures, Diazepam should be administered 0.5 ml during each seizure. If seizu... Read Full »
I am a 21-year-old female with congenital cerebral palsy and epilepsy. Is there a way I can walk on my own?
Query: Hi doctor, I am a 21-year-old female with cerebral palsy and epilepsy. I am on a wheelchair because I have no leg balance, but I can walk with support from my father or mother. Is there anything that can be done about it? Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I read your query and can understand your concern. Unfortunately, there is not much to do about your clinical condition as there has been brain damage since the birth. Physiotherapy is the primary treatment to improve muscle function and gait. It can also help again... Read Full »
Even after taking Phenytoin, my daughter is getting seizures. What can I do?
Query: Hi doctor, My daughter is suffering from cerebral palsy of right side since birth. It is also called seizure, hemiplegic type. Now she is 24 years old. Her right side of the body, right leg and right hand are not working properly. She walks with staggers with raised heel part of the right leg and ri... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your daughter seems to have right hemiplegia and seizures. The way of walking with raised heel and right arm twisted is increased tone in right-sided limbs suggestive of spasticity and contracture. As you told that she is already on Tablet Eptoin (Phenytoin)... Read Full »
Is a child diagnosed with cerebral palsy considered as disabled?
Query: Hello doctor, I am attaching details of a girl. Her left side of the body is not working properly. She cannot hold or pick things from her left hand. She cannot move her left thumb. She walks on her left toes. She cannot stand straight without support on her legs. Attached are the MRI findings. Ple... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. This looks like an old ischemic insult to the brain, which has led to cerebral palsy with hemiparesis. Unfortunately, this is an incurable condition, but some changes and improvements can be seen with proper and long-term physiotherapy. Read Full »
How to help my son presenting with inability to bear weight in his legs with cognitive functions?
Query: Hi doctor, I am worried about my son. He was born at 28 weeks and he spent three months in NICU. I have twin babies. He also had a traumatic birth as I had bleeding due to placenta previa. He is 15 months now. We recently had a neonatal consultant appointment and he assessed him developmentally. He... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Thank you for giving detailed information. Your son is a premature baby. He has achieved major milestones in time by being mentally alert, arms being fine, able to roll and sit, and blabbering at this age. The only problem, he is facing now is the inability to bear weig... Read Full »
Is speech development delayed in cerebral palsy?
Query: Hello doctor, My daughter is 18 months of age. She was born at 38 weeks due to placenta failure and oxygen issues. She was 5 lbs 10 ounces at birth and was healthy (did not have to stay in the NICU). She hit all of her milestones in terms of rolling over, crawling and walking (walked at 14.5 months... Read Full »
Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand the situation you are facing with your child. As there is no history of perinatal insult and NICU stay at birth, cerebral palsy could be less likely at this early age to diagnose. The description you made is more of a like to be an autistic spectrum disorder.... Read Full »
My baby became floppy after treatment of jaundice. What is the reason?
Query: Hi doctor,My baby is 1 month and 15 days old. It was detected that he has jaundice after the fourth day of life, bilirubin was at 22 %. An EBT was immediately recommended which was successful. He was discharged after nine days, but two weeks later, he suddenly became floppy. Please tell me what can ... Read Full »
Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have thoroughly reviewed your query. Baby being floppy can be due to various causes ranging from cerebral palsy, muscle disorders, infections affecting the brain, brain damage due to low oxygen and even brain damage due to jaundice may also cause floppy baby. Brai... Read Full »