PRESS RELEASE: Genetic Link to Cerebral Palsy May Be More Common Than Thought

As Genetic Testing Expands, Studies Demonstrate the Importance of Genetic Counseling.

ATLANTA – Nov. 14, 2018: Up to 1 in 3 people with cerebral palsy (CP) may have the condition due to an underlying genetic cause, suggests a study of more than 1,300 people with CP, which is being presented at the National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) 37th Annual Conference.

Affecting about 1 in 500 infants, Cerebral Palsy traditionally is attributed to non-genetic causes such as complications that can happen before or during the baby’s birth. That is not always the case, the researchers note.

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