Several types of cerebral palsy exist, including spastic cerebral palsy, ataxic cerebral palsy, and athetoid cerebral palsy. Mixed cerebral palsy combines each form of cerebral palsy, causing a variety of symptoms in the patient. Making up 10% of all cerebral palsy cases, mixed cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the pyramidal and extra pyramidal parts of the brain. These areas of the brain control body posture and movements.
Children suffering from mixed cerebral palsy develop the tight muscle tone of spastic cerebral palsy and the slow, involuntary movements of athetoid cerebral palsy. Muscle spasticity is the most obvious symptom in mixed cerebral palsy patients, while the involuntary athetoid movements may not appear until the child reaches three years of age. In some cases, a definitive diagnosis of mixed cerebral palsy may take months or even years.
Types of Mixed Cerebral Palsy
While mixed cerebral palsy typically consists of symptoms of athetoid and spastic cerebral palsy, other combinations are possible. The rarest form of mixed cerebral palsy combines ataxic and athetoid cerebral palsy. In some cases, all three forms of cerebral palsy can be implicated.
Mixed Cerebral Palsy Symptoms
Mixed cerebral palsy can present the following symptoms:
- Trouble speaking, eating, reaching and grabbing
- Difficulty performing tasks that require coordinated movements
- Involuntary grimacing and tongue thrusting
- Swallowing problems
- Slurred speech
Children with mixed cerebral palsy may also have poor muscle tone, resulting in posture problems.
Birth Injury Attorneys
In severe cases, mixed cerebral palsy is difficult to treat. Because children may not show signs of mixed cerebral palsy at birth, it is important to get regular checkups. If you suspect your child is suffering from mixed cerebral palsy, see your doctor immediately.
In some cases, mixed cerebral palsy can be avoided. When a member of the medical team fails to perform up to a certain medical standard of care, and an injury results, they can be held liable in court. If your child was born with mixed cerebral palsy, you may be able to qualify for a birth injury lawsuit. Fill out our free case review form on the right to speak with a birth injury attorney near you.