Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Prognosis

While there are many facts surrounding the disease, the prognosis is often the most important one.  There are many studies out there on the life expectancy and prognosis of those with cerebral palsy, and the one fact that most experts can agree on is that the earlier Ataxic CP and other forms of the disease are caught, the better the prognosis.

This is why it is so important to know the symptoms of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy.  In a study done in 1998, the life expectancy of all those with cerebral palsy – not just Ataxic CP – were measured by age and cohort.  For example, patients who feed themselves, lift their heads, and walk unaided tended to live longer.  To use a specific example, males who had to be tube fed had an average life expectancy of 28 years.  On the other side, females who could walk unaided lived the longest with an average life expectancy of 80 years.  As with the general population, females also tend to live longer than males.

Sources:

http://www.special-needs-hope.com/child-cerebral-palsy.html
http://www.lifeexpectancy.org/cp.shtml