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Spastic hemiplegia

Spastic hemiplegia is a type of cerbral palsy in which the child may have decreased spontaneous movements of the limbs on the affected side of the body.
The arm is often more involved than the leg and difficulty in hand manipulation may be obvious by 1 yr of age. Walking is usually delayed until 18-24 mo.
Spasticity is apparent in the affected extremities, particularly the ankle. An affected child often walks on tiptoes because of the increased tone, and the affected upper extremity assumes a dystonic posture when the child runs. About one third of patients with spastic hemiplegia have a seizure disorder that usually develops during the first year or two, and approximately 25% have cognitive abnormalities including mental retardation.
A CT scan or MRI study may show an atrophic cerebral hemisphere with a dilated lateral ventricle contralateral to the side of the affected extremities.

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