Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

Ataxic Cerebral Palsy

The Least Common Form of CP

This form of CP is the least common and it is sometimes present in children who also have spastic diplegia which is particularly common in preterm infants. Like other forms of CP, it is associated with motor abnormalities but this condition is diagnosed when cerebellar dysfunction is the primary manifestation of brain damage.

A person with this form of CP may suffer from intellectual impairment but it is rarely severe. Many of the motor skills difficulties will not be apparent until the child is nearly a year old. Diagnosis may occur later than other forms of CP because the child may achieve many developmental benchmarks on schedule. As they get older and experience uncommon challenges, their condition may become more pronounced.

Symptoms may include uncontrollable muscle movements while sitting, hypotonia (weakened muscles), dysmetria (difficulty judging distance and scale), and general lack of coordination. Independent walking with ease may not be possible until the child reaches 3 or four years of age. In many cases, such walking is never possible. Fine motor skills such as those needed for writing may be difficult to achieve and may lead to educational challenges that are not related to cognitive or intellectual ability. If a child has ataxia as well as severe mental disability, they may have a condition other than cerebral palsy.

Identifying the type of CP your Child Has

The severity of brain damage, the area of the brain affected, and when the injury occurred are among the many factors that will determine if your child has CP and what type they may have. Once a diagnosis is given, a child deserves the best possible care, access to experts in the field, and the opportunities to live a happy, stable and dignified life. Having CP is extremely challenging. Caring for someone with cerebral palsy can incredibly difficult as well. There is support available.

If your child has CP, have its medical records examined by an independent medical investigator. At our law firm, Michels & Lew, we are attorneys with a long history of success in some of the most complex medical malpractice litigation. Much of our success is also owed to our own in-house medical investigator Bradford S. Davis, M. D.

With more than fifteen years of experience as an investigator and more than 30 years as a physician, Dr. Davis knows what clues to look for when determining if your child's condition was caused by medical malpractice. Furthermore, Dr. Davis has close relationships with neuroradiologists, obstetricians, pediatric neurosurgeons, pathologists and other medical experts from throughout the country who may be able to determine the cause of your child's CP. With our assistance, you may obtain the necessary support for your child's ongoing medical treatment and lifestyle adaptations if its condition was caused by medical error.