According to the American Academy of Neurology and the Child Neurology Society, botulinum toxin type A (also known as Botox) may be an effective treatment for Central New York children diagnosed with cerebral palsy including, specifically, symptoms of cerebral palsy like muscle tightness and spasticity.
The intended effect of a Botox injection is to paralyze a spastic muscle. However, the benefits are not without risk. According to the FDA, there have been reports of “isolated cases of generalized weakness following use of botulinum toxin type A for spasticity.” These reports are under investigation. In addition to Botox, recent guidelines also propose the use of diazepam or tizanidine for suppression of spasticity. Each are associated with side effects, including liver toxicity.
Cerebral palsy is a condition, often caused by hypoxia in the womb or ischemia during child birth, affecting the brain and nervous system functions such as movement, hearing, vision, cognition and thought. While spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy is the form most often associated with a birth injury or birth trauma, there are other forms, e.g., dyskinetic, ataxic, hypotonic and mixed.
The trial lawyers at Bottar Leone, PLLC, have decades of experience investigating, prosecuting and trying to verdict all types of medical malpractice cases, including those where a baby was injured because of a complicated delivery. If you recently delivered a baby and the baby has been diagnosed with a disability, you and/or your family may be entitled to compensation for lifelong health care, medical expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and pain and suffering.
To discuss your case or concerns with an experienced Central New York medical malpractice lawyer, contact Bottar Leone, PLLC now at (315) 422-3466, (800) 336-LAWS, or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.