Tina Marie Rabe
Social Implicational Medical Issues
Instructor: Sabrina Geoffrion
January 8, 2013
The topic, I have chosen Cerebral Palsy. I choose this disorder, because my daughter has Cerebral Palsy. I will focus on all part of Cerebral Palsy, and explain about my daughter diagnoses. Cerebral Palsy is caused by leak of oxygen, before or right after birth or the first few years after birth Cerebral Palsy mean “brain paralysis”. Cerebral Palsy is an overview term for a group of disorders affecting body movement, balance, and posture.
My daughter’s diagnosis is Spastic- Diplegia - Hemiplegia Cerebral Palsy. The spastic part is to much muscle tone, the diplegia part predominantly both legs and arms are also involved mostly her right side, the hemiplegia part is one arm and one leg on the same side of the body. Cerebral Palsy is a collection of motor disorders resulting from damage to the birth that occurs before, during, or after birth, which is lack of oxygen at birth or shortly after.
There are three degrees of Cerebral Palsy: Mild – cerebral palsy describes manifestations that affect only fine motor movement. Moderate – describes manifestations that affect general muscle movement, fine motor movement, and clarity of speech so that activities of daily living and communications maybe affected, but the individuals is still able to function. Severe – describe manifestations that significantly affect the ability to walk, use the hands, or communicate so that the individual ability to functions in activities of daily living or communicate is extensively compromised.
There are many types of how Cerebral Palsy can happen; premature infants are at a much higher risk for developing cerebral palsy than full-term babies, and the risk increases as the birth weight decreases. While we do not yet know the cause of premature labor, available treatments sometimes succeed in stopping such labor or at least delaying delivery of the infant for a while. Another one is getting an infection such as rubella (German measles), toxoplasmosis (a disease caused by the invasion of parasitic microorganisms). Bacterial meningitis can cause severe brain damage in young infants after birth and is caused by a number of different bacteria’s.
With, diagnosing Cerebral Palsy a doctor may look at different milestones in a child’s life, a child reaching for a toy at (3 to 4 months), sitting (6 to 7 months), and walking (10 to 14 months). Now, these milestones I will give you an example of my daughter. At, (3 to 4 months) my daughter just was released