Mixed cerebral palsy (CP) is when symptoms of more than one of the three types of cerebral palsy are seen during evaluations and medical visits. It may take some time, and multiple evaluations, to determine what types of CP are involved.

Types of Cerebral Palsy

There are several types of cerebral palsy but the following are the three most common:

The most common mixed form of cerebral palsy includes spasticity and dyskinetic movements, but other combinations are also possible.

Mixed CP Treatment Options

Treatment for mixed CP is often addressed by each of the symptoms of the individual movement disorders.

Common treatment options for mixed cerebral palsy are:

Since there is no set treatment plan for any specific type of CP, treating mixed CP should focus on treating the symptoms presented by each person. For example, an individual may take medications for the movement disorder of dystonia, but also may look at other options, such as a medication or a surgical intervention, to address issues related to spasticity.

Those with mixed cerebral palsy should be seen by their medical team often. As the person grows and changes, or as adults age, it is important to monitor for changes in symptoms, making adjustments as needed for each person. It is especially important that symptoms are monitored after new treatments are started for those with mixed CP. Sometimes, for example, an effort to reduce spasticity may reveal underlying muscle weakness or more dystonia. Treating mixed CP is a balance that can often seem difficult to achieve, but taking it in steps helps.

The information found here can be found in our free downloadable cerebral palsy tool kit.