CAUSES OF CEREBRAL PALSY—
Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that mainly affects body movements, balance and posture. In simple words Cerebral palsy is also known as BRAIN PARALYSIS. It mainly affects the early childhood i.e. during infancy . In this disease , there is delay in the developmental milestones such as rolling , crawling, sitting and walking. There are many causes of cerebral palsy.
Cerebral palsy mainly begins in prenatal period because of events happened during pregnancy, when the fetus is developing inside the mother’s womb. Other important cause is premature birth. Children that mainly born prematurely can develop serious respiratory problem due to improper development of lungs . This can lead to decreased oxygen to the brain that results in cerebral palsy. In some premature infants there is development of some holes in the white matter of brain called peri ventricular leuko malacia. The white matter is mainly responsible for the normal processing of signals that are transmitted throughout the brain and from brain to the rest of the body.
Other cause include accidents of brain development, genetic disorder, stroke or blood clots. The other important causes of cerebral palsy involves birth asphyxia in which there is lack of oxygen to the brain during delivery occurs. Less common factors like child abuse during infancy can also lead to brain damage and results in cerebral palsy.
IMPORTANT COMPLICATIONS OF CEREBRAL PALSY—
There are many complications of cerebral palsy . Some of them are as follows..
Contracture mainly involves shortening of the muscle tissue due to tightening of muscle. Contractures reduces bone growth and causes bones to bend results in joint deformities or dislocation.
In cerebral palsy there is swallowing or feeding problems that leads to malnutrition .
Cerebral palsy patient challenges certain disabilities and that leads to social deprivation and patient feels depressed.
4) Early aging–
Early aging results due to stress on body or poor development of heart, lungs or other body organs.
There is abnormal alignment of joints due to spasticity and results in degenerative bone disease called as osteoarthritis.
6) Post impairment syndrome–
Due to stress on body , there is pain, fatigue or weakness in the body that alter everyday functions.
Other less complications are Bowel obstruction, Pneumonia by choking, reduced communication skills or scoliosis.