Types of Cerebral Palsy: Mixed

Mixed Cerebral Palsy is often referred to as the last of the four types of cerebral palsy. However, it really is not a unique form of cerebral palsy, but rather a mixture of two or more of the other forms.

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The term “Mixed Cerebral Palsy” is used to describe a combination of any of the other three types of cerebral palsy, including:

  1. Spastic Cerebral Palsy: Resulting in stiff and weak muscles.  The most common type of cerebral palsy, accounting for approximately 70% of all cases.
  2. Athetoid Cerebral Palsy: Associated with uncontrolled and involuntary movements.  Accounts for approximately 20%.
  3. Ataxic Cerebral Palsy: Shaky movements and unsteady balance.  Least common type, accounting for approximately 10%.

The most often combination of Mixed Cerebral Palsy involves Spastic Cerebral Palsy and Athetoid Cerebral Palsy.

Determining what type of cerebral palsy a child has will assist in determining what sort of symptoms and disabilities the child will face. In addition, it will assist in determining the various cerebral palsy treatment options which may be available for the child.


In many cases, cerebral palsy may have been caused by a medical mistake at birth resulting in a brain injury.  If your child has been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, the cerebral palsy lawyers at Saiontz & Kirk, P.A. can investigate the circumstances surrounding the birth and have medical records reviewed by qualified experts to determine whether the cerebral palsy could have been prevented.

There are no fees or expenses unless a recovery is obtained for the child. However, there are different deadlines in each state which could bar the child’s right to obtain cerebral palsy benefits, so it is important to have any potential claim reviewed as soon as you can.