A study to determine the risk of cerebral palsy following birth asphyxia

Cerebral palsy refers to a group of conditions that affect the control of movement and posture. According to recent studies, about two or three out of every 1,000 children is diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) and approximately 500,000 children and adults are currently living with the condition nationwide.  Due to the area of the brain that is damaged, the condition prevents those affected from moving their muscles properly. This brain damage can cause other issues, including mental retardation, seizures, hearing, speech, vision problems, and learning disabilities. 


Cerebral palsy can be caused by many different factors, including premature birth and infection during pregnancy. According to one source, birth asphyxia accounts for 6 to 8% of cerebral palsy cases. There is differing evidence on this number, with some studies showing up to 30% of CP cases attributed to birth asphyxia (Zhang et al, 2020). Due to this inconsistency, a team of researchers analyzed 10 different studies collectively to gain a better understanding of the relationship between birth asphyxia and CP. 


Ultimately, what Zhang and colleagues found when specifically looking at infants greater than 35 weeks, is that there is a significantly higher chance of developing CP when birth asphyxia occurs during labor. From the studies, they found an average rate of around 20% of infants who developed CP after birth asphyxia occurred. “We conclude that the prevention and treatment of perinatal asphyxia is essential for preventing the development of cerebral palsy” (Zhang et al, 2020).  


If you believe a doctor’s error caused your child to develop cerebral palsy, either before or during delivery, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation, and the legal team of Holton Law Firm wants to help. Contact us today by calling 888-443-4387 and schedule your consultation to speak with an attorney about your situation. 

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