Infantile cerebral palsy (ICP): Diagnosis
There is suspicion of an infantile cerebral palsy, the doctor explains at first to diagnose whether the movement and posture disorder are the result of recovering from the disease, or whether it is an ongoing process - is - for example, a tumor, an inflammation or a metabolic disorder.
The aim of the study is to developmental state to describe the child. To this end, questionnaires, but also a detailed observation and examination of the child's motor skills can - in the context of screening for children - serve.
During a detailed conversation determines the physician risk factors, pregnancy and birth process as well as any disease of the mother. During the conversation the doctor observed the behavior of the child. Apathy (apathy), lack of contact, restlessness and reports on feeding problems (drinking weakness, dysphagia) and abnormal crying may indicate a brain injury. exist also
the likelihood of infantile cerebral palsy increases.
On physical examination of the child, the doctor pays attention to:
Further investigations as a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the skull and, optionally, the vertebral column, removal of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF puncture), blood and urine analysis is sometimes needed to support the diagnosis of infantile cerebral palsy.