Determining life expectancy in cerebral palsy patients is difficult when it is first diagnosed, mainly because it may be hard to determine if a young infant, in fact, has cerebral palsy. In some children, the disorder is so mild that symptoms are barely noticeable or not attributed to cerebral palsy. They may be thought to be the result of some other disease.
As the child gets older, more of the symptoms become noticeable and the severity of the disease is easier to determine.
Predicting life expectancy in children with cerebral palsy can be difficult. There are a number of reasons for this, including:
Research into about 1,600 children with cerebral palsy examined different categories of disability. These were:
Among the most severely disabled children, survival past age two was under 25 percent.
In adults, survivability is often predicted by mobility. The more mobile the patient, the longer he or she will survive, according to results from a British study. Patients who could not move their wheelchairs on their own were unable to feed or dress themselves, and those who were severely mentally retarded died between 17 and 20 years of age.
While the disease is not progressive, the effects of the disease on the body can worsen over time. Some of these secondary effects include premature aging, high blood pressure, pain, incontinence, problems swallowing, osteoporosis, arthritis, depression, fatigue, progressive weakness and heart, and lung problems.
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