Can an infant be diagnosed with CP and Stroke at the same time?

Question by Elizabeth: Can an infant be diagnosed with CP and Stroke at the same time?
Can an infant be diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy and a Perinatal Stroke at the same time or is the stroke diagnosed first and the CP later on in life?

Can they show on the MRI at the same time?

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Answer by Pangolin
Yes. A child with CP may certainly also have a stroke, usually a hemorrhagic one, something for which premature infants have an increased risk.

I’m not a neurologist, but believe that CP is diagnosed more by physical examination than by CT or MRI.

These might help:

Marie ought to know. She is a physician training to be a pediatric neurologist:

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    greydoc6 May 12, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Stroke is one of the causes of Cerebral Palsy. It can occur at birth, but often it occurs during gestation. It is thought that most such strokes occur in the second trimester. The middle and the anterior cerebral arteries are common sites of occurrence.

    But Pangolin is correct. A doctor can diagnose cerebral palsy by physical exam, and can suspect a stroke as the cause. But generally a CT or MRI is needed to confirm the suspicion of stroke.

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    wise_owl May 12, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Cerebral palsy is a name we give when a group of symptoms occur together in the same individual. These group of symptoms are caused by brain injury. As a stroke causes brain injury, it is also one of the casues of the symptoms which we know as cerebral palsy.

    Cerebral palsy can be treated, especially whilst the child is young and the plasticity of the brain can be guided and directed by appropriate stimulation.

    Hope this helps.

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