What is Dystonic Cerebral Palsy: Birth Injury Lawyer in Oregon Explains

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Understanding the Types of Cerebral Palsy: Our Birth Injury Lawyer in Oregon Explains Dystonic Cerebral Palsy


There are many different types of birth injuries.  These range from mild injuries such as a scratch or laceration from the birthing process, to catastrophic injuries including hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy (HIE).  Cerebral palsy is one of the most severe injuries, especially when caused by HIE which results in debilitating and catastrophic damage to an infant’s brain.  There are many different types of cerebral palsy, or CP.  One type is known as dystonic cerebral palsy.  This one is different from the others for several reasons.  Our birth injury lawyer in Oregon explains these types and how they could affect your child.


What is Cerebral Palsy?


To understand dystonic cerebral palsy, one must understand what CP is.  According to the CDC, CP “is a group of disorders that affects a person’s ability to move and keep balance and posture.” The CDC also states that cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in children and it affects about 1 in every 323 children.  The main cause of cerebral play is brain damage to the developing brain before, during, or after birth.  This is commonly due to an oxygen deprivation which causes lesions in the brain.


These lesions not only affect the way the brain forms by creating gaps in it, but it also dictates the type of cerebral palsy that an individual may have.  The amount of lesions and size of the lesions also dictate the severity of the lesions.


What is Dystonic Cerebral Palsy


Dystonic cerebral palsy is a type of CP that is caused by damage due to lesions in the brain to the basal ganglia section.  There is also some damage to the cerebellum.  This part of the brain is involved in the recruitment of muscles which help move the body for any action, no matter how large or small.  The signals from this region of the brain are what send responses to these parts of the body (the muscles) to contract or flex which make it move.


But when an individual suffers from dystonic cerebral palsy, a person has difficulty sending these messages to move.  In addition, a person can have difficulty sending signals in general meaning no signals are sent.  Other times the brain may randomly fire extraneous signals which may cause the body to move and bend when it should not.  These are known as involuntary movements and with dystonic CP, they are normally brief and random, or long and slow.


Common Symptoms of Dystonic Cerebral Palsy and Common Difficulties


Victims who have dystonic cerebral palsy often suffer serious personal injuries and symptoms that disrupt their lives.  The symptoms may range from mild to severe depending on the extent of damage.  Some fo the most common symptoms include the following:


  • Involuntary muscle movements, including contracting and extending (mostly contracting randomly)
  • Posture issues, including having difficulty maintaining posture like standing up or sitting up straight
  • Abnormal and repetitive movements
  • “Muscle overflow” which mean when one muscle group moves, another muscle group that is “wired” next to it in the brain also moves
  • Vision issues, including eyelid issues
  • Persistent muscle contractions that are uncontrollable and can become painful, and
  • Many other symptoms.


Due to these symptoms, victims with dystonic cerebral palsy may also suffer other serious or devastating conditions which include being unable to do the following:


  • Sit 
  • Stand
  • Walk or run
  • Eat or drink
  • Speak correctly
  • Vision issues
  • Trouble laying down
  • Difficulty sleeping
  • Malnutrition issues due to constant contracting and moving of muscles which create a calorie deficit while also making it harder to eat
  • More common to have trip and falls
  • Difficulty showering
  • Trouble with hygiene such as after the restroom or brushing teeth, and
  • Many other difficulties.


Causes of Dystonic CP That Our Birth Injury Lawyer in Oregon Wants You to Know


Our birth injury lawyer can help review your child’s CP case.  This is because CP has many causes, including dystonic cerebral palsy.  Even if a doctor blames a natural consequence which is unavoidable, that is not always true and accurate.  Rather, CP could be caused by a doctor’s negligence in failing to identify and treat that natural consequence.  In fact, many natural consequences and complications of the birthing process CAN be identified and avoided, including sometimes as simple as just a c-section.  


But some healthcare providers just fail for their clients by not providing the acceptable standard of care.  This includes pulling on infants, delays in c-sections, improper use of Pitocin, failing to monitor for fetal distress, excessive contractions that are not responded to, and other very serious but preventable mistakes.


If Your Loved One has Dystonic Cerebral Palsy, We Could Help Identify Why


If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed as a result of medical malpractice contact the Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers at Kuhlman Law at our number below or fill out the intake form.  We offer a free initial case evaluation and handle cases on a contingency fee which means that you pay no money unless we recover. 


Our law firm handles cases throughout the state including Bend and Portland Oregon, Redmond, Central Oregon, Sisters, Madras, Multnomah County, Deschutes County, Salem, Eugene, Corvallis, Lane County, Medford, Gresham, La Grande, Albany, Medford, Beaverton, Umatilla, Pendleton,  Cottage Grove, Florence, Oregon City, Springfield, Keizer, Grants Pass, McMinnville, Tualatin, West Linn, Forest Grove, Wilsonville, Newberg, Roseburg, Lake Oswego, Klamath Falls, Happy Valley, Tigard, Ashland, Milwakie, Coos Bay, The Dalles,  St. Helens, Sherwood, Central Point, Canby, Troutdale, Hermiston, Silverton, Hood River, Newport, Prineville, Astoria, Tillamook, Lincoln City, Hillsboro, and Vancouver, Washington.


We also have an office in Minneapolis, Minnesota and take medical malpractice cases throughout the Twin Cities, including St. Paul, Hennepin County, Ramsey County, Dakota County, Washington County, Anoka County, Scott County, Blaine, Stillwater, and Saint Paul Minnesota.  


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