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Mixed Cerebral Palsy

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), about 10 percent of all cerebral palsy patients have what is referred to as a mixed form of the disorder. Mixed cerebral palsy refers to cases in which patients display symptoms of two or three different types of cerebral palsy. The three distinct types of cerebral palsy include:

In most cases, patients with mixed cerebral palsy experience symptoms of athetoid and spastic cerebral palsy, specifically involuntary movements, abnormal muscle tone and tremors. The rarest form of mixed cerebral palsy is a combination of ataxic and athetoid. Regardless of the combination of symptoms a patient experiences, mixed cerebral palsy:

  • is caused by brain damage to the basal ganglia and/or cerebellum
  • is commonly accompanied by posture abnormalities, epilepsy and some degree of mental retardation
  • typically takes between 9 months and 3 years for infants to display symptoms of their condition

What is Cerebral Palsy?

Cerebral palsy refers to an irreversible form of brain injury that results in an impaired ability to speak, think and coordinate movement. While a number of different factors can play a role in causing the condition, the most common causes of cerebral palsy include some combination of:

  • maternal infections, such as the measles, chickenpox, toxoplasmosis or syphilis
  • fetal infections, such as meningitis or other brain infections
  • fetal stroke
  • lack of oxygen during the birthing process
  • severe jaundice
  • mistakes made by healthcare providers before, during or after birth that lead to lack of oxygen to the infant’s brain

Medical Mistakes May Lead to the Development of Mixed Cerebral Palsy

Mistakes that doctors or nurses can make and, in turn, cause the brain injury associated with cerebral palsy include:

  • excessive use of vacuum extraction
  • failure to perform an emergency C-section when one is obviously needed due to birthing complications
  • failure to detect and treat a baby's lack of oxygen, meningitis and/or seizures
  • failure to diagnose and treat a mother's high blood pressure, toxemia or infections
  • failure to detect and treat a prolapsed umbilical cord (meaning the cord is caught around a baby's neck, potentially cutting off the oxygen supply)
  • failure to recognize and treat heart rate changes in the mother or baby
  • improper use of forceps

Signs of complications may include when an infant is transferred to an intensive care unit, be administered CPR after birth, or start having seizures in the first four days of life.

If you suspect your infant or child may have mixed cerebral palsy, don't hesitate to contact our cerebral palsy lawyers today.

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