Ataxic (a-tax-ick) cerebral palsy is the rarest form of CP, affecting only 5 to 10 percent of people suffering from the disorder. While the main characteristics of other forms of cerebral palsy center on muscular contraction issues, the common traits of ataxic cerebral palsy are shakiness, poor balance, and an unsteady gait.
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What’s the problem?
Ataxic cerebral palsy occurs when the cerebellum has been damaged, which causes a lack of coordination and jerky movements. It is not degenerative in nature and is not associated with other forms of ataxia. A child with ataxic cerebral palsy may have low muscle tone and look very unsteady and shaky. It can affect the child’s sense of balance, and one may observe that the child walks with his or her feet spread apart. You may also see some shakiness that resembles tremors. This can result in difficulties writing and performing tasks that require fine motor skills.
Symptoms of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy
People with ataxic cerebral palsy experience a difficulty in keeping their limbs steady, called dysmetria. Reaching for objects can initiate an “intention tremor.” The tremor gets worse as the person’s hand gets closer to the object they are trying to reach. Difficulties with motor skills become much more pronounced the longer the person with ataxic cerebral palsy attempts motor specific tasks.
Ataxic cerebral palsy can be caused my mistakes made in the birthing process. Sometimes these mistake occur when the labor itself is mismanaged and danger signs are not caught by the doctors or nurses. Other times the injury can occur earlier in the pregnancy. Both situations may be the result of medical malpractice.
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