Cerebral palsy is primarily categorized in three types, with spastic quadriplegia being the most severe and disabling form. A vast majority of individuals with this condition are unable to walk and have a difficult time speaking. The limbs might be incredibly stiff, yet their neck may be “loose” due to the fact they may have little to no control over those muscles.
This type of CP can drastically affect intelligence, as many people with the condition suffer from cognitive challenges varying in severity from moderate to quite serious. Because communication problems are typically associated with spastic quadriplegia, the affected individual’s IQ level is often difficult to access.
Spastic quadriplegia can result in various types of limb deformities. Foot deformities are among the most common. Foot drop, a condition that makes it difficult to raise the front of the foot, is another common problem for those who suffer from spastic quadriplegia.
Individuals with this condition may also have a difficult time swallowing, which can result in respiratory problems when food is aspirated. Due to swallowing difficulties, the intake of proper nutrition often becomes a concern.
Being that it is the most severe form of cerebral palsy, spastic quadriplegia is often the most difficult type for families to deal with as well. If your child has been diagnosed with this condition and you feel that it may have been caused by medial malpractice, feel free to contact us at 1-855-833-3707 or complete the contact form on this page for a free consultation.