Recent research into the study of cerebral palsy has increasingly shown evidence that suggests that genetic mutations play a role in at least some cases of cerebral palsy.
According to findings published online in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, approximately 14 percent of cerebral palsy cases may be caused by genetic mutations.
In the study researchers analyzed the DNA of 183 people with cerebral palsy to look for genetic anomalies (mutations). Similar testing was also done on the participant's parents. The researchers found that about 1 in 7 of those had a "potentially disease-causing gene variant".
The findings may now help lead to earlier diagnosis of some cerebral palsies, assist in the management and treatment of the disorder and aid preventative genetic techniques (gene therapies) for the future.Cerebral Palsy Resources