Is Cerebral Palsy Genetic?


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Some instances of cerebral palsy are genetic or the result of a mutation in the genes, according to Mayo Clinic. These mutations occur while the fetus' brain is developing.

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Is Cerebral Palsy Genetic?
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Cerebral palsy also occurs if the mother has poisoning or an infection, such as German measles, chickenpox, syphilis, toxoplasmosis, says Mayo Clinic. Cerebral palsy may occur if the fetus suffers a stroke or his brain doesn't receive sufficient oxygen during childbirth, though this is unusual. The condition also occurs if the baby suffers an infection, such as meningitis or encephalitis, or a traumatic injury to the head. Sometimes, doctors do not know the cause of cerebral palsy.

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