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What are the 4 Types of Cerebral Palsy?

What are the 4 Types of Cerebral Palsy?

Any kind of birth injury can be difficult for your child to endure, but cerebral palsy is one of the most common. Unfortunately, you may be unaware of the different types of cerebral palsy and how each of them can impact your child’s life. Below, we’ll explain the different types and the symptoms your child may experience with them.

Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Also referred to as pyramidal cerebral palsy, this type of cerebral palsy is the most common. This condition occurs in roughly 70% of all cases.

There are three categories of spastic cerebral palsy: hemiplegia, diplegia, and quadriplegia. Hemiplegia affects one side of the body. Diplegia occurs primarily in your baby’s legs. Spastic quadriplegia occurs when there is a brain malfunction and is the most severe type of cerebral palsy.

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

Athetoid cerebral palsy impacts anywhere between 10 and 20 percent of all cases. It often impacts body control, causing jerking movements in the affected person’s limbs. Symptoms of athetoid cerebral palsy may include poor head control and an increase in muscle tone.

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

This type of cerebral palsy affects around 10 percent of people, causing those who suffer from this condition to have tremors. As such, it is a condition that often impacts motor control function. Symptoms don’t typically arise until around 18 months, but it’s essential to know that ataxic cerebral palsy can make even the simplest tasks much more challenging to complete.

Mixed Cerebral Palsy

Some individuals who have cerebral palsy can experience more than one type of the above. In these cases, the most common mixed cerebral palsy includes athetoid and spastic, but any combination is possible.

If your doctor causes your baby to suffer harm in negligence, know that our Charleston birth injury lawyers are here for you. At Berthold Law Firm, PLLC, we commit to excellence, and we work hard to pursue the compensation you and your family deserve.

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