Periventricular Leukomalacia (PVL) is a disease that affects infants. Patients effected by PVL have damaged parts of their white matter of the brain. The white matter is the inner part of the brain that communicates information from the nerves and the spinal cord as well as other areas of the brain. This damage effects the intellectual and learning abilities of the child as well as the muscles in the body. Children with PVL have a higher risk of developing cerebral palsy. Cerebral palsy is a common disease in infants that affects their ability to move. Crawling, walking, sitting, and moving arms will be difficult for the baby. It is not clear what the cause of PVL is but most babies with PVL are premature. Always speak with your doctor about the best personal plan of action.
Description Last Updated: May 12, 2018