Mixed Cerebral Palsy

About 10 percent of children with cerebral palsy (CP) have what is known as mixed cerebral palsy; a combination of two or more types. Mixed cerebral palsy is caused by an injury to both the extrapyramidal and pyramidal areas of the brain.

The most frequently seen grouping of mixed CP combines spasticity and athetoid movements, however, other groupings are possible. In fact, it is possible to have a combination of all three types of cerebral palsy: ataxic, athetoid and spastic.

Mixed cerebral palsy can be difficult to treat in severe cases because new symptoms may develop as the child ages. Young children may not exhibit signs of mixed cerebral palsy, however, regular checkups may detect symptoms at their earliest. If you think your child is showing signs of mixed cerebral palsy you should contact your child's physician.

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