Diskinetic Cerebral Palsy

The Realities of Dyskinetic Cerebral Palsy

Submitted by jrlaw on Dec 21st, 2010

Dyskinetic cerebral palsy affects approximately 25% of the people with the disorder. All types of cerebral palsy are the result of brain injuries. In all of its various forms, cerebral palsy is defined by an inability to control the muscles. The muscle tone is oftentimes very uneven, and Dyskinetic CP is particularly known for this symptom.

One of the first symptoms of Dyskinetic CP is uneven muscle tone. One part of the body may be very stiff and other parts very floppy. In infants, the limbs may feel particularly floppy and this is one of the first symptoms of the disorder. There are sometimes more dramatic symptoms associated with this disorder, as well.

Some individuals who suffer this disorder have uncontrollable muscle movements. These may manifest as very powerful and random movements of the arms and legs. In the individuals with the worst injuries, it may be virtually impossible for them to maintain a standing or sitting position or to utilize their muscles for fine and precise tasks. Some individuals will require a lifetime of care.

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