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Scizencephaly or Cerebral Palsy

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • March 18, 2007
  • 03:35 PM

Is one a form of the other? Or are these 2 different conditions?

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  • They are two distinct conditions. Schizencephaly is caused by a cyst or cavity within the brain. Therefore the brain doesn't develop properly. Although some of the symptoms may be the same --possible mental retardation, quadriparesis, hemiparesis, possible seizures-- there are some major differences. One major difference is that as patients who have CP progress, they typically have hypertonia (rigid, stiff muscles). Schizencephaly typically has hypotonia (floppy muscles) throughout life.Hope this helps. :)here's an NIH link... http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/schizencephaly/schizencephaly.htm
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