Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy
General information about symptoms of Cerebral Palsy: The symptom information on this page attempts to provide a list of some possible symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. This symptom information has been gathered from various sources, may not be fully accurate, and may not be the full list of symptoms of Cerebral Palsy. Furthermore, symptoms of Cerebral Palsy may vary on an individual basis for each patient. Only your doctor can provide adequate diagnosis of symptoms and whether they are indeed symptoms of Cerebral Palsy.
List of symptoms of Cerebral Palsy: The list of symptoms mentioned in various sources for Cerebral Palsy includes:
Symptoms of Cerebral Palsy: Symptoms of cerebral palsy include difficulty with fine motor tasks (such as writing or using scissors), difficulty maintaining balance or walking, involuntary movements. The symptoms differ from person to person and may change over time. Some people with cerebral palsy are also affected by other medical disorders, including seizures or mental impairment, but cerebral palsy does not always cause profound handicap. Early signs of cerebral palsy usually appear before 3 years of age. Infants with cerebral palsy are frequently slow to reach developmental milestones such as learning to roll over, sit, crawl, smile, or walk. Cerebral palsy may be congenital or acquired after birth. 1
Although its symptoms may change over time, cerebral palsy by definition is not progressive, so if a patient shows increased impairment, the problem may be something other than cerebral palsy. 1
More symptoms of Cerebral Palsy: In addition to the above information, to get a full picture of the possible symptoms of this condition and its related conditions, it may be necessary to examine symptoms that may be caused by complications of Cerebral Palsy, underlying causes of Cerebral Palsy, associated conditions for Cerebral Palsy, risk factors for Cerebral Palsy, or other related conditions.
Medical articles on symptoms: These general reference articles may be of interest:
1. excerpt from NINDS Cerebral Palsy Information Page: NINDS
Last revision: May 26, 2003
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