Cerebral Palsy Prognosis

There is no cure for cerebral palsy because brain damage is irreparable.  But disability can be progressive, regressive & can remain static. The cerebral palsy prognosis depends upon the extent of brain lesion, associated medical problem, quality of rehab program & timing of rehab intervention. With early intervention, 80% children can have a good quality of life.  60% children with cerebral palsy can become independent Ambulators. Age of walking cerebral palsy child is equal to normal population. They can perform all the activities of life. Chances of mental retardation, epilepsy are more in children with severe disability & Quadriplegic spastic cerebral palsy. Most of the ambulatory children can live professional & family life happily. Nutritional, feeding problem, uncontrolled epilepsy can have a very bad impact on quality of life in these children. Severely bed ridden, children with uncontrolled epilepsy & nutritional problem don’t survive more than 30 years of age but otherwise mild to moderately affected children with good quality medical care can survive up-to normal age as compared to normal population. It is common fact that if absent neck holding at the age 1 year, sitting balance at 2 year & standing balance at 4 years age is not achieved, then a chance of independent walking is rare. Qualities of surgical, therapeutic intervention also have a great impact on locomotors outcome. With Continuation of physical therapy, good medical assistance & walking aid quality of life can be improved to great extent.

Important Facts About Cerebral Palsy