Athetoid cerebral palsy: is a specific form of cerebral palsy that has been caused because of damage to the cerebellum or basal ganglia. About 10% of all children with cerebral palsy will have athetoid cerebral palsy. Since the particular area of the brain that becomes affected by athetoid cerebral palsy include parts responsible for processing the signals enabling coordinated movements and body posture, athetoid cerebral palsy will most often be characterized by these effects.
Some athetoid cerebral palsy patients will suffer from involuntary movements, most often in the face, arms, and trunk that can interfere with other processes.
Speaking, eating, reaching, grabbing, and other movements that must be performed with coordination can become extremely difficult for an athetoid cerebral palsy patient.
Children affected by athetoid cerebral palsy often have low muscle tone and will have thus have problems with their posture while sitting and walking.
Athetoid Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Athetoid cerebral palsy symptoms can worsen when the athetoid cerebral palsy patient is under times of stress.
When sleeping, athetoid cerebral palsy effects will not be evident. The difficulties caused in everyday activities can be very severe in some athetoid cerebral palsy patients.
When parents suspect the cause of athetoid cerebral palsy is from medical mistakes, it is advised to contact our cerebral palsy attorney. While it can be extremely difficult to show medical mistakes were the cause of a birth injury like athetoid cerebral palsy, an expert, qualified attorney will have the knowledge, experience, and professional team to perform a proper investigation.