Causes And Treatment For Cerebral Palsy?

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I want to ask about the causes of cerebral palsy, cerebral palsy is not caused by TORCH. What I’m asking is what type of herpes can cause CP and how does it cause cerebral palsy, thanks

1 Answer:

Hello Intan

Thank you for asking

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a disorder of movement, posture, and muscle tone caused by premature (not yet fully developed) brain damage, which often occurs before the birth process. This disease is characterized by abnormal reflexes, weakness or stiffness in the body and organs, abnormal posture, abnormal involuntary movements, impaired coordination and balance, and many other clinical symptoms.

CP can be caused by a combination of various factors, including infections that spread from the mother during pregnancy, genetic mutations, fetal strokes (blocked blood flow to the developing fetus's brain), newborn infections that cause inflammation of the brain and surrounding areas, fetal head injuries (for example when a pregnant woman falls on her abdomen), or also lack of oxygen to the fetus (for example due to complications during labor).

As mentioned above, infection, both in mothers and newborns, can both increase the risk of CP. In mothers, some of the most common infections that cause CP are rubella (German measles), varicella (chicken pox and shingles), cytomegalovirus, herpes simplex, toxoplasmosis, syphilis, zika, and so on. Meanwhile, in newborns, the risk of CP increases in all types of infections (both viral and bacterial) that reach the brain or surrounding area (meninges).

Until now, it is still unclear, exactly what these infections can cause CP. However, many sources say that, both toxins from microorganisms that cause this infection, as well as chemical compounds produced by the body when experiencing this infection, can both cause interference with the developing brain so that arises CP.

Because of the high risk of maternal infection causing fetal defects, every woman planning to become pregnant is strongly advised to undergo prenatal examinations, including TORCH screening.

That's all our explanation. For more details, please consult directly with your doctor or pediatrician.

I hope this helps.

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