Cerebral palsy can affect children in a variety of different ways, with symptoms ranging from mild to severe. Spastic quadriplegia is one type of cerebral palsy that causes patients to experience jerky and stiff movements of the limbs. In today’s blog, your Baltimore cerebral palsy law firm explains all you need to know about spastic quadriplegia and what to do if you believe your child’s cerebral palsy was caused by medical negligence.
What is spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy?
While many types of cerebral palsy are characterized by paralysis, spastic quadriplegia is known for causing uncontrollable stiff and jerky movements. This is caused by hypertonia of the muscles which causes muscle spindles to be easily excited and reduces the inhibition of synapsis, thus leading to muscle spasms. Spastic quadriplegia generally affects all four limbs in equal measure but some patients experience symptoms in one or more limbs. If spasms do not occur in all four limbs it is known either as spastic triplegia (affecting three limbs), diplegia (two limbs), hemiplegia (one side of the body), or monoplegia (one limb).
Symptoms of spastic quadriplegia cerebral palsy
Symptoms of spastic quadriplegia tend to present early on and are generally discovered when a child does not progress through the normal stages of motor development. It is often identified when children are as young as three months and almost always by two years old. If you begin to notice your child struggling with normal development such as an inability to control head movements then it is important to contact your doctor to rule out the possibility of cerebral palsy.
Spastic quadriplegia is caused by the same factors that cause cerebral palsy, namely brain damage and abnormal brain development. When brain damage was caused by medical negligence this can provide the basis for a cerebral palsy malpractice settlement. Contact your Baltimore cerebral palsy law firm to discuss the merits of your case.