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What is Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy?

Michael H. Bereston

Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy

The most common form of cerebral palsy is spastic cerebral palsy. Typically, it results in erratic or difficult movements or increased muscle tone. There is a subtype of this condition known as spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, which mainly affects the legs. Children with this condition often have difficulty walking and may crisscross their legs while doing so. This occurs because of muscle tightness in the legs and hips. In some cases, to a much lesser degree, the arms may also be affected.

What Does the Condition Mean?

If your child has been diagnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, it’s important to understand what it means. The symptoms can be explained by breaking down each word that makes up the name of the condition and includes the following:

  • Spastic: This means there is an increase in muscle tone, which results in frequent jerky, stiff movements.
  • Diplegic: This refers to the limbs that are affected by the condition, especially the legs.
  • Cerebral: This refers to the brain and the damage it has suffered that has caused the medical condition.
  • Palsy: This means there is a weakness of the muscles or muscle paralysis.

How Does the Condition Differ from Other Types of Cerebral Palsy?

Overall, the symptoms of spastic diplegic cerebral palsy tend to be similar to those of other forms of cerebral palsy, there are certain traits that are common with the condition. The child exhibits stiffness or tightness in the leg muscles, an exaggeration of their leg reflexes, crisscross walking and walking on the toes.

What Causes Spastic Diplegic Cerebral Palsy?

As with other types of cerebral palsy and other birth injuries, spastic diplegia is caused by damage to the brain. In most cases, this occurs due to a lack of oxygen to the infant before, during or after labor and delivery.

If a doctor or other healthcare professional fails to respond in a timely manner when a complication arises during pregnancy or birth, or if they act negligently, you may have a legitimate case to file a birth injury lawsuit for your child’s spastic diplegic cerebral palsy. If this is the case with your child, you will want to speak with the Law Firm of Michael H. Bereston, concentrating in birth injury.

Speak with our team today (410) 220-6581 for more information about how we can help you recover compensation for your child’s ongoing care.

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