Cerebral palsy

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Cerebral palsy (CP) is the name given to a number of motor problems (trouble moving the body). CP is usually caused by damage done to the brain during early childhood. It is called "cerebral palsy" because the part of the brain that is damaged is the cerebrum.

CP was first identified by an English surgeon called William Little in 1860.

There are several types of cerebral palsy. The most common type is spastic cerebral palsy.

Today, 1 in every 400 children in the UK has cerebral palsy.[1]

Symptoms[change | change source]

People with CP often have trouble standing or walking. They may also be partly paralysed.

Some people with CP also have other problems, like learning problems or developmental disabilities.

Most people with cerebral palsy live for as long as people without CP.[2]

Treatment[change | change source]

CP cannot be cured. It is treated with therapies. Mobility aids may help people with CP move around more easily.

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