What Are The Different Types of Cerebral Palsy Diagnosis and Risks?

Risk factors for cerebral palsy are ever present in childbirth, but it does not necessarily follow from their presence that cerebral palsy will occur. A few of these risk factors include:

  • Breech presentation. In this situation, the baby is positioned feet first rather than head first, the usual and customary presentation for birth
  • A complicated labor and delivery
  • Vascular and/or respiratory problems
  • Premature birth
  • Low birth weight
  • Multiple births
  • Visible neurological malformation, e.g., an abnormally small head

Diligent medical practitioners will often consult the Apgar Scale, a numbered rating system for checking the baby's heart rate, breathing, muscle tone, reflexes and skin color during the first minutes after birth. A low Apgar score indicates potential problems of one kind or another and is often an indicator of cerebral palsy.

Symptoms manifested by the mother during pregnancy may also suggest the possibility of cerebral palsy in the child. Maternal bleeding or severe proteinuria (excessive protein in the urine) late in pregnancy and vaginal bleeding during the sixth to ninth months are both linked to higher risk of cerebral palsy affecting the child. Mothers with hyperthyroidism, mental retardation, or seizures are also more likely to have a child with cerebral palsy. Seizures in the newborn child may also be indicators of cerebral palsy in the child's future. If cerebral palsy has affected your child or a member of your family and you believe it is the result of medical malpractice, please consult with a cerebral palsy attorney listed on this site to begin your initial consultation to discuss your litigation options

The information on this page is meant to provide a general overview of the law. The laws in your state and/or city may deviate significantly from those described here. If you have specific questions related to your situation you should speak with a local attorney.

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