I have a 15 year old daughter with severe CP and seizure disorder. I often wondered what her life expectancy would be. How much could her body take with the seizure activity? They are under good control, however, she does have a strong seizure lasting 10-20 minutes a few times a week.
CP is not a progressive disorder (meaning the actual brain damage does not worsen), but the symptoms can become worse over time due to 'wear and tear.' A person with the disorder may improve somewhat during childhood if he or she receives extensive care from specialists, but once bones and musculature become more established, orthopedic surgery may be required for fundamental improvement. People who have CP tend to develop arthritis at a younger age than normal because of the pressure placed on joints by excessively toned and stiff muscles.
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