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What is cerebral palsy (CP)?

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Cerebral palsy, or CP, is a group of disorders that affect balance, movement, and muscle tone. Cerebral means the disorder is related to the brain, and palsy refers to weakness or a muscle problem.

CP starts in the area of the brain that controls the ability to move muscles. Cerebral palsy can happen when that part of the brain doesn't develop as it should. Or when it's damaged right around the time of birth or very early in life.

SOURCES:

CDC: Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare: Cerebral Palsy.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Cerebral Palsy.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Cerebral Palsy.

March of Dimes: Cerebral Palsy.

Mayo Clinic Health Library: Cerebral Palsy.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 7, 2019

SOURCES:

CDC: Cerebral Palsy (CP).

Gillette Children’s Specialty Healthcare: Cerebral Palsy.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Cerebral Palsy.

American Academy of Pediatrics: Cerebral Palsy.

March of Dimes: Cerebral Palsy.

Mayo Clinic Health Library: Cerebral Palsy.

Reviewed by Dan Brennan on May 7, 2019

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