Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Facts

There are all sorts of data and statistics related to Ataxic Cerebral Palsy, including these:

  • It is estimated that 764,000 adults and children in the United States have some form of cerebral palsy.
  • Approximately 8,000 babies and infants are diagnosed each year with some form of cerebral palsy in the United States.
  • Another 1,200 to 1,500 children and adults are diagnosed each year in addition to the 8,000 mentioned above.
  • The total number of estimated cases of cerebral palsy in the United States is one million.
  • In only about ten percent of cases of cerebral palsy was the cause (link to : Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Causes) of the condition clearly found.
  • In the United States, only ten percent of children who have cerebral palsy acquire the disorder after birth.
  • Five to ten percent of all cases of cerebral palsy are Ataxic Cerebral Palsy.
  • The most common symptom is an unsteady walk marked by uneven steps.
  • Most cases of cerebral palsy are classified as Spastic Cerebral Palsy at 70 to 80 percent.
  • The average age a child with Ataxic Cerebral Palsy continues to improve to is between age eight and ten.
  • The best treatments for Ataxic CP and other forms is to get the patient to be as independent as possible and can vastly improve the prognosis.

Sources:

http://affnet.ucp.org/ucp_channeldoc.cfm/1/11/10427/10427-10427/447
http://www.formsofcerebralpalsy.com/ataxic.html