What are the Causes of Congenital Cerebral Palsy?
Congenital cerebral palsy has
been determined to manifest itself at birth due to certain
occurrences during the actual delivery or while still in the
The results of the traumatic events
cause brain damage that will result in either mild or extreme
symptoms of the disorder. The mild symptoms may be slight
trembling of the extremities, while the extreme version could
be so acute that the trembling and
rigidness takes away the ability to walk or use other
appendages in a normal manner.
The causes at birth and before may include excessive vacuum
extraction of the uterus or having a delayed birth in which a
cesarean would be more prudent. A major cause of congenital
cerebral palsy is jaundice in the infant. Severe jaundice can
cause brain damage, practically the type of damage that will
manifest symptoms of the disease. Exuberant amounts of
bilirubin in the bloodstream dissolve in the fat cells right
beneath the skin. This causes the skin and eyes to have a
yellowish hue. The liver also loses the ability to push
bilirubin through, thus causing the overload in the circulatory
system. Though newborn jaundice is frequent and will cure
without treatment, full blown jaundice requires excessive
medical procedures. In the process the brain may be damaged in
such a manner as to allow congenital cerebral palsy to
Another situation that may contribute to congenital cerebral
palsy is infections that occur when the mother is pregnant.
Rubella, German measles, and other infections can damage the
nervous system of the fetus if the mother is infected.
Placental infections such as cytomegalovirus and toxoplasmosis
are also known to contribute to incidences of congenital
cerebral palsy. The circulatory system and human liquids within
the placenta have been discovered as the cause of most
pre-natal cases of the palsy. RH incongruity between the fetus
and the mother can cause the blood cells within the fetus to
foster a jaundice experience.
The causes and the instances of each are still being
researched today. Through the efforts of the Cerebral Palsy
Foundation and other independent research organizations the
research is coming close to an explanation of all causes. This
will, in turn, set up procedures and guidelines that will help
prevent most cases.