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, and vision problems, and learning disabilities.
One group of researchers took a deeper look into the type and degree of brain damage using the MRI classification system (MRICS) compared with clinical characteristics to help develop a prognosis. Using MRI scans from over 250 patients with CP, Nagy and colleagues found that 86% of those with diagnosed CP showed brain damage on the MRI. Of those showing damage, they noticed that white matter injury was mainly in preterm infants while grey matter injury was mostly found in term infants. Interestingly, “scores of fine and gross motor function and IQ were more favourable in patients with grey matter injuries or with a normal MRI scan” (Nagy et al 2020).
Nagy at colleagues highly encourage that all patients with cerebral palsy complete a cranial MRI to help further understand their specific diagnosis.
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