The medical field establishes categories for different types of cerebral palsy (CP), and dyskinetic cerebral palsy is the second most common type. The Greek word “dyskinetic” breaks down into “dys,” meaning “bad” or “ill,” and “kinetic,” a word describing muscle movement.
While most people with dyskinetic CP are intelligent, and a significant percentage above average intelligence, they have distinctive muscle movement disorders.
Recognizing dyskinetic CP
Symptoms of dyskinetic CP include:
* Uneven muscle tone
* Stiff muscles
* Loose or flaccid muscles
* Uncontrollable muscle movement
* Difficulty standing or sitting
* Posture problems
* Grimacing or drooling
* Speech difficulties
* Trouble holding objects
* Problems directing hand movement
How does this type of CP occur?
As with all types of CP, the underlying cause is brain damage. According to the medical field, the areas of the brain that control certain movement determine the type of CP. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke lists numerous causes of cerebral palsy. Brain damage can occur during the prenatal, birth, or post-natal stages. Oxygen deprivation during fetal development is responsible for about five to 10 percent of cerebral palsy cases. During pregnancy, other sources of CP are drug or alcohol addiction, viral infections, and poor prenatal care. Post-natal jaundice, if not treated, is a very common cause. Medical errors related to brain damage may include not properly monitoring fetal distress during labor, failing to perform a timely and necessary c-section, misuse of forceps, etc.
When medical malpractice results in dyskinetic cerebral palsy, parents often have legal recourse. If you suspect that medical negligence was a factor, speak with an experienced cerebral palsy attorney. Contact the Talaska Law Firm online or call (888)791-5191 today for a free consultation.