Cerebral Palsy (CP)

To find patient care programs and faculty treating cerebral palsy at Kennedy Krieger Institute, as well as research investigating this disorder, please see the right-hand column below. Additional helpful information, including definitions, symptoms, Institute press releases, Potential magazine articles, and other resources outside the Institute, have also been provided for readers on this page.

Cerebral Palsy Overview:

Cerebral palsy (CP) is a condition that results from injury to the brain. The injury may occur before, during or shortly following birth. The word "cerebral" refers to the brain, and "palsy" to difficulty controlling movement . Cerebral palsy is neither progressive nor communicable. Although it is not curable, medical and therapy intervention can help.

Depending on which part of the brain has been injured, different areas of the body will be involved or affected. The symptoms can vary greatly. For instance, one or more of the following areas can be involved: general movement, walking, vision, hearing, speech or learning.

Examples, Subsets and Synonyms for Cerebral Palsy (CP) -- Static Encephalopathy

  • Diplegic Cerebral Palsy (congenital diplegia, spastic diplegia)
  • Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy (congenital quadriplegia, spastic quadriplegia)
  • Hemiplegic Cerebral Palsy (congenital hemiplegia, spastic hemiplegia)
  • Choreoathetoid Cerebral Palsy (choreoathetosis, extrapyramidal cerebral palsy, dyskinetic cerebral palsy, athetoid cerebral palsy)