The term mixed cerebral palsy is applied when the patient exhibits symptoms from combined types of the illness, such as spastic cerebral palsy and athetoid cerebral palsy. Different forms of the movement disorder may exist simultaneously. Generally, however, health care professionals that work with cerebral palsy patients classify the person as having whichever movement disorder predominates, and mixed is a term that is used less often.
The most common combination of movement disorders is spastic and athetoid. In these patients, the variety of symptoms is produced by damage mainly to two areas of the brain:
A person with the mixed form of cerebral palsy combining spastic and athetoid might exhibit a combination of some of the following symptoms:
From athetoid cerebral palsy:
From spastic cerebral palsy:
All of these problems with the muscles originate not in the muscles but in various parts of the brain. The symptoms of cerebral palsy correspond to the area of the brain that is damaged.
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