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Child suffering with cerebral palsy, does not hold neck properly, cannot sit or walk. No improvement with physiotherapy. What can be done?

Hi, My name is Sathi i would like to know the treament for My elder sister s daughter as she is suffering from Cerebral Palsy i can not give an exact issue , however after her birth on 3rd day she suffered from severe jaundice then she was in ICU after that she was diagonosed with CP. Now she is 4 years old and can not hold her neck well, can not sit , walk etc. I would like to know the correct treatment for such child although we are giving her physiotherapy but did not help much . I also want to know about the Stem cell therapy , will it be helpfull . If you can suggest best hospital for Stem cell therapy in In Pune , Nagpur , Mumbai or in India, cost for the stem cell therapy how effective , should we opt for it , need ur suggestion . Thank you
Asked On : Thu, 19 Jul 2012
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Pediatrician 's  Response
Feb 2013
Hi Sathi,
Thank you for your query,
The main stay of treatment is physiotherapy.
Physiotherapy improves the motor function by decreasing the stiffness, and to overcome the abnormal reflexes which will impair certain required movements.
If any contractures developed, surgical release will help to increase the range of movements.
Stem cell therapy is under developing stage only and it is useful in some problems and its role in children with cerebral palsy limited.
Multidisciplinary approach which attends the problems associated with cerebral palsy is important and will give good results and we can expect a favourable outcome with it, but complete cure is not possible.
Hope I have answered your query.
Answered: Wed, 20 Feb 2013
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Pediatrician Dr. Y V Siva Sankara Murty's  Response

Thanks for writing to health care magic.
I can understand your concern.

Developmental stimulation is important for this child. Physiotherapy helps to prevent the development of contractures. Eye and hearing evaluation by the concerned specialist helps to identify related problems.

Family support is important to over come depression related issues. Stem cell therapy is in research stage only.

Continue to ask further queries as required.
Hope this helps.
Take care.
Dr Y V Siva Sankara Murty
Associate Professor of Pediatrics

Answered: Mon, 5 Aug 2013
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