Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Symptoms

The most common symptom of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy is the unsteady walk marked by uneven steps those with the disorder can take, which is also known as a gait.  Although most patients with Ataxic CP can walk unaided, there are some who must use a walking aid or wheelchair.

Another rarer symptom of the disorder is Ataxic breathing.  This is a completely irregular breathing pattern with irregular pauses that can often lead to periods of apnea, or a period of time in which a person does not take a breath.  Unlike Ataxic CP which can often be caused by damage to the cerebellum area of the brain, ataxic breathing is usually caused by damage to the medulla oblongata.

Other symptoms of Ataxic CP can be similar to other forms of cerebral palsy such as involuntary movements, seizures, impaired sight or hearing, and mental retardation.  Ataxic Cerebral Palsy Speech can also mimic the speech of others with CP or other disability.  Signs of Ataxic CP can also include premature birth, jaundice, delayed milestones, and multiple births.