What is Dystonic Cerebral Palsy: Oregon Medical Malpractice Lawyers

Understanding Dystonic Cerebral Palsy: What it is, How to Treat it, When it is Related to Oregon Medical Malpractice


Cerebral palsy is a disorder or group of disorders which affect an individual’s ability to move.  According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cerebral palsy is the most common motor disability in childhood and occurs in approximately 1 in 323 children.  Cerebral palsy literally means “cerebral” regarding the brain and “palsy” regarding a weakness or problem with muscles.  There are many different types of cerebral palsy, all depending on which area of the brain the damage has occurred in.  One of the more common types of cerebral palsy is a dystonic cerebral palsy, also known as a type of dyskinetic cerebral palsy.


What is Dystonic Cerebral Palsy


Dystonic cerebral palsy causes a person difficulty moving hands, arms, feet, legs, and generally limbs.  This makes it difficult for an individual suffering from dystonic cerebral palsy to sit, walk, run, and even lay down.  This is because the movements can be completely uncontrollable.  Some may be slow, while other movements may be jerky.  


In severe cases a person may also have difficulty swallowing or talking.  Individuals may have difficulty making facial expressions and may drool.  A person’s jaw, lips, and tongue may also move uncontrollably or have the same slow or rapid reactions.  


Muscles spasms are also common.  This may cause extreme or loose muscle tone or rigidness.  Some individuals may suffer with repetitive movements or abnormal postures.  Other individuals will have restless syndrome.  These uncontrolled movements may be permanent, temporary, or only occur when a person is awake.


Treatment of Dystonic Cerebral Palsy


Unlike a broken bone, the brain does not repair itself with most damage it takes.  The damage from dystonic cerebral palsy is one such type of damage that is not easily repaired.  This means that medical providers need to manage the symptoms and therapeutically help an individual move forward.  This commonly includes physical therapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy, and language therapy.  


In some instances, medication routines may also be required to help manage a patient’s dystonic cerebral palsy.  These may help control spasms or some involuntary movements.  The medications may also help manage the muscle contractor or tone, to prevent very rigid or loose musculature.


When is Dystonic Cerebral Palsy Possibly to Oregon Medical Malpractice?


Like any cerebral palsy, hypoxic conditions are usually what causes brain damage in a newborn or baby.  Hypoxic conditions are those that lack oxygen or create an oxygen deprivation.  This means that victims may have a complete lack of oxygen, or some restriction that limits the amount of oxygen.  The longer that the deprivation of oxygen occurs, the longer that tissue is being destroyed.  The adage in the medical profession is time is tissue.


Thus, some of the most common causes of cerebral palsy due to Oregon medical malpractice include unidentified fetal distress, umbilical cord prolapses, excessive contractions, prolonged labor, a failure to perform a c-section, and many other causes.  This means that a medical provider’s care and treatment may result in a series of dangerous mistakes which allow an oxygen deprivation to occur and cause injury to the newborn.


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