Cerebral Palsy

Strategies for the Early Detection of Cerebral Palsy

By Cullan & Cullan on January 11, 2013 - Comments off

Nebraska Birth Brain InjuryCerebral palsy is a disorder affecting an individual’s capacity for movement and maintaining posture. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 303 children has cerebral palsy in the U.S. Heath professionals must detect the disorder as soon as possible. They must identify conditions/circumstances that could lead to cerebral palsy.

If the fetus is in distress, actions must be taken quickly to avoid oxygen deprivation, a recognized cause of cerebral palsy. At Cullan & Cullan, our Nebraska cerebral palsy injury lawyers understand that dangerous conditions often go undiagnosed. Experience among medical professionals varies. Labor and delivery nurses may be inexperienced at recognizing abnormalities before and during birth and harm to the newborn can result. Families are left to cope with conditions/disabilities that may occur or worsen as the result of the medical error or lack of early detection. Read the rest »

Study Shows “Brain Cooling” Therapy May Reduce Risk of Cerebral Palsy in Babies

By Cullan & Cullan on January 20, 2012 - Comments off

Nebraska Birth InjuryBirth asphyxia is a condition that occurs when a baby’s brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen either before, during, or right after birth. The amount of harm this may cause depends on how long and how severe the asphyxia was, but regardless of the extent of the damage, it is still extremely devastating. Birth asphyxia can cause a wide array of health problems, including developmental disabilities, organ failure, impaired sight, cerebral palsy, and death (in severe cases). JDSupra.com reports that an interesting study conducted by Imperial College in London has found that a specific type of therapy may greatly improve hypoxic infants’ survival rates.

This therapy is called “brain cooling,” and the study showed that a newborn’s brain that was cooled had a 25 percent greater survival rate for birth asphyxia than those who did not. Brain cooling therapy can help reduce brain swelling, and involves applying a “coolcap” hat filled with water to the baby’s head. In addition, this new therapy also lowers the newborn baby’s metabolic rate, which can boost healthy organ functioning with less oxygen. The Imperial College study builds on a 20-year body of research, but essentially for the first time provides undeniable proof that brain cooling is the most effective treatment for reducing brain damage after birth asphyxia. Read the rest »

Understanding Cerebral Palsy and Its Effects

By Cullan & Cullan on November 17, 2011 - Comments off

Nebraska Cerebral Palsy InjuryCerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder that affects movement, muscle tone, and motor skills, and is one of the most common congenital (existing before or at birth) childhood disorders. Approximately 500,000 children and adults are living with this condition in the United States. CP can lead to other health problems, such as vision or hearing problems and learning disabilities. This disorder is caused by an abnormality or disruption in brain development, typically before a child is born. The exact causes of this condition, however, are unknown, but many are the result of problems during pregnancy or delivery in which the brain is damaged or does not develop normally.

Symptoms of CP in a child can vary, but can include:

  • Movement and coordination problems – such as difficulty walking, eating, or delays in speech development; or
  • Neurological problems – including seizures or mental retardation.

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