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Cerebral palsy

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Cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination but do not worsen over time. It is caused by abnormalities in parts of the brain that control muscle movements.

The majority of children with cerebral palsy are born with it, although it may not be detected until months or years later. A small number of children have cerebral palsy as the result of brain damage in the first few months or years of life.

Definition from National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: Cerebral palsy

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