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What is athetoid cerebral palsy?

Also referred to as, dyskenetic cerebral palsy / choreoathetoid / dystonic cerebral palsy, Children with athetoid cerebral palsy suffer from damage to the basal ganglia.  The damaged basal ganglia commonly manifests symptoms that including involuntary movements that make the child seem restless.  In reality the involuntary movements can make the most basic movements such as: sitting up straight, walking or grasping a small toy virtually impossible.

Involuntary movements

In addition to the extreme difficulties children with athetoid cerebral palsy have on a daily basis, the condition puts children at high risk for serious complications—or even death as the involuntary movements are frequently found in the facial muscles which may lead to problems with slurred speech, swallowing, eating, drooling and uncontrolled grimacing.

Prevalence of symptoms

Some experts suggest that between 10 to 20% of children diagnosed with CP, have some element of athetoid cerebral palsy.  Similar to other types of cerebral palsy, the most effective treatments are reliant upon early diagnosis and an aggressive treatment plan to help control the symptoms as mush as feasible.

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