About ten percent of children with CP have what is known a mixed-type cerebral palsy. These children have both the tight muscle tone of spastic cerebral palsy and the involuntary movements of athetoid cerebral palsy. This is because they have injuries to both the pyramidal and extrapyramidal areas of the brain.
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What’s the problem?
There are several different forms of cerebral palsy including spastic, athetoid, and ataxic. While each one is devastating in its own way, mixed CP combines different types of cerebral palsy along with each individual type’s effect. Roughly 10 percent of CP patients suffer from mixed cerebral palsy.
Symptoms of Mixed Cerebral Palsy
The signs and symptoms for mixed cerebral palsy include the 25 symptoms listed below:
- Injury to the brain
- Athetoid movements
- Limited movements
- Stiff jerky movements
- Difficulty grasping objects
- Difficulty releasing objects
- Involuntary movements
- Speaking difficulty
- Feeding difficulty
- Reaching difficulty
- Grasping difficulty
- Involuntary grimacing
- Involuntary tongue thrusting
- Swallowing problems
- Slurred speech
- Exacerbation of involuntary movements when stressed
- Involuntary movements cease during sleep
- Low muscle tone
- Difficulty sitting
- Difficulty walking
- Difficulty maintaining posture
Treatments for Mixed Cerebral Palsy
Mixed cerebral palsy is treated according to the symptoms present. Spasticity may be reduced with medications. Contractures (stiffened muscles which deform the bones or impair mobility) may be treated with surgery. Vision and hearing problems may be corrected or eased with assistive devices (eyeglasses, hearing aids and so on). As in any case of cerebral palsy, mixed cerebral palsy is primarily treated with physical therapy.
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