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What increases the risk for spastic paralysis?

Spastic paralysis can be the result of a serious injury or infection before or after birth. Therefore, if your newborn develops meningitis or sepsis or endures a serious trauma soon after being born, their risk for developing a condition that causes spastic paralysis, like cerebral palsy, is increased. Having a family member who carries the mutated gene that causes infantile-onset ascending hereditary spastic paralysis also increases risk.

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