Cerebral palsy can be genetic: Research Study

Jan 26, 2022

New Delhi, Jan 26 (ANI): Cerebral palsy is a non-progressing motor impairment that begins in early childhood. It has widely been viewed as the result of oxygen deprivation during birth or other birth-related factors such as prematurity. While this is true for many children, new research from Boston Children's Hospital found that as many as 1 in 4 had an underlying genetic condition with the potential to change the overall approach to their care. The study was published in the 'Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology'. “In cerebral palsy, the first thing that comes to many physicians' minds is birth injury or asphyxia,” said senior investigator Siddharth Srivastava, MD, a neurologist in Boston Children's Cerebral Palsy and Spasticity Program who specialises in neurogenetic disorders.