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Evaluation and diagnosis of cerebral palsy

Marc C Patterson, MD, FRACP
Section Editor
Carolyn Bridgemohan, MD
Deputy Editor
Carrie Armsby, MD, MPH


Cerebral palsy (CP) is a heterogeneous group of clinical syndromes that range in severity and are characterized by abnormal muscle tone, posture, and movement. These conditions are due to abnormalities of the developing brain resulting from a variety of causes. Although the disorder itself is not progressive, the clinical expression may change over time as the brain matures.

The evaluation and diagnosis of CP are discussed here. The epidemiology, etiology, classification, clinical features, management, and prevention of CP are discussed separately:

(See "Epidemiology, etiology, and prevention of cerebral palsy".)

(See "Clinical features and classification of cerebral palsy".)

(See "Management and prognosis of cerebral palsy".)

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