What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy? New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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Understanding Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: New York Medical Malpractice Lawyer Explains

Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a condition or group of conditions which affect the brain.  The damage is caused during the development of the brain, usually at or during the birthing process.  The damage is usually related to hypoxic conditions of the brain, like cord compression, umbilical cord ruptures, or other injuries that block or lower the flow of oxygen to the infant’s brain.  There are different types of CP which depend on the location of the damage to the brain.  One common type of CP is athetoid cerebral palsy, which our New York medical malpractice lawyer will explain for you now.

What is Athetoid Cerebral Palsy?

Athetoid cerebral palsy is characterized by damage to the basal ganglia of the brain, usually due to damaging lesions that occur during the development of the brain.  This type of CP results in hypertonia and hypotonia, which is either a hyper toning or sculpting of muscle or a complete lack of toning or sculpting of muscle.  The condition depends on where the damage to the brain is located.  Thus, athetoid cerebral palsy is a type of CP which is known for random and uncontrolled muscle tone issues.

There are other subclasses of athetoid cerebral palsy which create other conditions or disorders.  For instance, choreo-athetotic CP is damage to the brain which causes involuntary movements in the face and extremities.  Dystonic athetoid cerebral palsy results in slow contractions, but very strong contractions of muscle which could exist in local areas (i.e., an arm) or the entire body.

The most common symptoms with athetoid cerebral palsy is slow and uncontrolled movements of the limbs.  The other subclasses will add or subtract other behavior or conduct of the muscles.

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