Let Our Experienced Medical Malpractice Lawyers Explain Some Of The Basics You Need To Know About Medical Malpractice and Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy
The cognitive disorder known as Cerebral Palsy can manifest itself in several forms. This includes Ataxic, Athetoid, and Spastic Cerebral Palsy, each of which produce distinct complications. In some cases, victims may be affected by more than one form of Cerebral Palsy. According to experts, approximately ten percent of patients suffering from Cerebral Palsy are affected by more than one form of the disorder. This is known as Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy.
What Causes Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy?
Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy can consist of several different combinations of Cerebral Palsy. As such, they are caused by different factors. The most common Mixed Type combines Spastic and Athetoid Cerebral Palsy. This combination is caused by damage to both the pyramidal and extra pyramidal areas of the brain. More specifically, Mixed Cerebral Palsy involving Athetoid movements is a result of damage to either the cerebellum or the basal ganglia. There are many causes of Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy, including medical malpractice, which occurs during the labor and delivery of the child.
What are the Characteristics of Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy?
Children suffering from Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy often are affected by the involuntary movements of Athetoid Cerebral Palsy, as well as the tight muscle tone of Spastic Cerebral Palsy. This can result in:
- Limited or jerky movements;
- Difficulty grasping and dropping objects;
- Trouble maintaining posture;
- Vision and hearing losses;
- Involuntary movements; and
- Coordination issues, including speaking and eating.
While signs of Cerebral Palsy may begin to appear soon after birth, it can take years for Mixed Type Cerebral Palsy to manifest itself completely.
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