What Are Some of the Causes of Congenital Cerebral Palsy?

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Congenital cerebral palsy is the term used to describe cerebral palsy that arises as a result of damage that occurs either before birth or during birth. Acquired cerebral palsy is the other type of cerebral palsy, and describes cerebral palsy that results from damage that occurs more than 28 days after birth. Most cases of cerebral palsy are congenital cerebral palsy.

 

According to the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control, the cause of congenital cerebral palsy is often not known. However, there are a number of risk factors which can increase the possibility of congenital cerebral policy. These risk factors include low birthweight, premature birth and multiple births (for example, births involving twins or triplets).

 

Another factor is a pregnancy that resulted from the use of artificial reproductive technology (ART); the increased risk of congenital cerebral palsy often arises because ART increases the chances of premature birth as well as multiple births.

 

Certain infections during pregnancy, as well as fever during pregnancy can also increase the risk of congenital cerebral palsy. Both can lead to an increase of a protein called cytokine which causes inflammation. The inflammation may then lead to brain damage.

 

Severe jaundice which has been left untreated can cause kernicterus, which can also increase the chances of cerebral palsy. Sometimes severe jaundice can result from an ABO or Rh blood type difference between the baby and the mother.

 

Other factors which can increase the risk of cerebral palsy include certain conditions suffered by the mother, such as thyroid problems or seizures, and a number of birth complications.

 

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