athetoid cerebral palsy

Athetoid Cerebral Palsy

Athetoid cerebral palsy is commonly characterized by muscles expanding and contracting when muscle tone is either too high or low. Athetoid cerebral palsy often affects the hands, feet, arms, and legs and can occur mixed with other types of cerebral palsy. Muscles in the face are affected in dealing with athetoid cerebral palsy resulting in involuntary grimaces and tongue thrusts, leading to swallowing, drooling, and speech problems. Problems with the coordination of the muscles involved that are needed for speech in a athetoid cerebral palsy child is referred to as dysarthria. Athetoid cerebral palsy in children is caused by severe trauma to the cerebellum or basil ganglia causing children to have poor development in the face, arms and torso. This area of the brain is responsible for processing signals that enable smooth, coordinated movements as well as maintaining correct body posture. A child may be born with athetoid cerebral palsy as a result of a large increase in the amount of bilirubin in the blood of a newborn. In a child with athetoid cerebral palsy, an increase in the concentration of bilirubin results in jaundice and can cause brain injuries known as kernicterus. Increase in bilirubin in a newborn infant can be caused by several factors including genetic predisposition, adverse effects of certain medications, infections, and blood incompatibility between the mother and the newborn. If you believe or want to find out if your child's athetoid cerebral palsy could have been prevented or was a result of medical malpractice, negligence, misdiagnosis, or not diagnosed at all, contact our birth injury attorneys. When doctors, nurses, staff, and medical facilities fall below the minimum standard of skill and care to which their profession demands, medical malpractice and negligence is an unfortunate but likely result. At the Rasansky Law Firm, we question why these healthcare professionals failed to do everything possible to prevent your child's injuries. We regularly consult with Board Certified Obstetrician Gynecologists, Maternal Fetal Specialists, Neonatologists, and Pediatric Neurologists to determine whether your child's injuries should have been prevented. Does your child suffer from symptoms of athetoid cerebral palsy? Contact the Rasansky Law Firm online, or call our offices anytime at 1-877-659-1620 to discuss your child's situation with our experienced cerebral palsy attorneys. In the complimentary consultation, our attorneys will review your experiences and situation and provide you information regarding your legal rights, options, and responsibilities.


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