Fast Facts: Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is not a disease or an illness, it is the description of a physical impairment that affects movement. The movement problems vary from barely noticeable to extremely severe and no two people with cerebral palsy are the same.

Cerebral palsy is not a disease or an illness, it is the description of a physical impairment that affects movement.

The movement problems vary from barely noticeable to extremely severe and no two people with cerebral palsy are the same.

Cerebral palsy is most commonly the result of failure of a part of the brain to develop, either before birth or in early childhood.

This is sometimes because of a blocked blood vessel, complications in labour, extreme prematurity or illness just after birth.

In recent years there has been a slight increase in the proportion of children who have cerebral palsy and currently about one in every 400 is affected.

Source: Scope

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