The root cause of unilateral Cerebral Palsy – as with other forms of Cerebral Palsy – is some type of brain damage. Reduced blood and oxygen supply to the brain during childbirth or soon there often frequently results in unilateral Cerebral Palsy.
There are a number of other conditions that could cause hemiplegia or hemiparesis as well. A few examples include:
- Injury during labor and delivery
- Head trauma
- Brain tumor
- Hereditary conditions
- Meningitis, encephalitis and other infections.
It is important to realize that unilateral Cerebral Palsy is not a progressive condition – the underlying condition does not get worse over time. However, some symptoms may undergo changes depending on the child’s development, environment and therapy.
At the same time, there is no known cure for unilateral Cerebral Palsy. There are, however, treatments that can help children with the condition reach their full potential.