Types of Cerebral Palsy
There are several different types of cerebral palsy. Spastic diplegia, first described by Dr. Little in the early 1860s, is just one type of cerebral palsy. It is classified into three principal categories–spastic, athetoid and ataxic, according to the type of movement disturbance. A fourth category is a combination of these conditions.
Spastic cerebral palsy affects 70 to 80% of patients, and the muscles are stiff and permanently contracted. Doctors often describe which type of spastic cerebral palsy a patient has based on which limbs are affected. In some cases, spastic cerebral palsy follows a period of poor muscle tone (hypotonia) in the young infant.
Athetoid, or dyskinetic cerebral palsy, which affects 10 to 20% of CP patients, is characterized by uncontrolled, slow, writhing movements. These abnormal movements usually affect the hands, feet, arms or legs and, in some cases, the muscles of the face and tongue, causing grimacing or drooling.
Ataxic cerebral palsy usually occurs in less than 10% of CP patients, and affects depth perception and balance.
It is not unusual for patients to have symptoms of more than one of these three forms. The most common mixed form includes spasticity and athetoid movements, but other combinations are possible.
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