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Spastic Diplegia Onset



Hi! When is the usual onset or the age of a child when you can observe/diagnose that he has CP Spastic Diplegia? Is it possible to be diagnosed during school age?


Usually the diagnosis of CP is made within the first year of life.  That said, there are exceptions. 

First let's look at the definition of CP:  a group of non-progressive, but often changing, motor impairment syndromes secondary to lesions or anomalies of the brain arising at any time during brain development.  The key here is "non-progressive".  In and of itself, the neurologic condition does not worsen, but parents may note new issues or problems as time goes on, mainly related to growth.  There are times when genetic syndromes are initially considered, but CP is the final diagnosis.

Excellent resources for additional information include:

United Cerebral Palsy:  http://www.ucp.org/
National Easter Seal Society:  http://www.easterseals.com/site/PageServer?pagename=ntl_understand_cp
Children with Cerebral Palsy-a Parent’s Guide (Woodbine House) 

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Response by:

Sarah Sauntry, RN, MS, CPNP-PC
Assistant Professor of Clinical Nursing
College of Nursing
University of Cincinnati