A study by Norwegian researchers published by The BMJ revealed the risk of cerebral palsy is increased if someone in the family was born with it, HealthDay News reported on July 15.
Although it is well known that lack of oxygen and exposure to infection during delivery can increase the risk of cerebral palsy, new research reveals there may also be a genetic link. The researchers analyzed extensive data covering the birth of more than 2 million Norwegians from 1967 to 2002. In families who had a child with cerebral palsy, there was a six to nine times increased risk of having a full sibling with the same condition. Parents affected with cerebral palsy are also 6.5 times at risk of delivering a child with the condition. Meanwhile, infants with an affected third degree relative (a first cousin, for instance) were 1.5 times at risk.
This research is important in expanding our knowledge about Cerebral Palsy and how it may be treated in the future. Unfortunately, many cases of this condition are caused by medical negligence during the delivery. If your loved one has developed cerebral palsy due to a medical practitioner’s negligence, discuss your options in seeking compensation with a lawyer at the Driscoll Firm. Call us at (800) 900-7704 to learn about your legal options.