Principles of Medical and Surgical Treatment of Cerebral Palsy

Eric M. Chin, Hilary Eileen Gwynn, Shenandoah Robinson, Alexander H. Hoon

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Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of childhood motor disability, affecting 2 to 3/1000 children worldwide. Clinical abnormalities in tone, posture, and movement are the result of brain dysgenesis or injury early in life, and impairment varies in type, distribution, and in severity. The underlying brain disorder may also lead to other associated neurologic and systemic impairments. Variability in functional impairments, which can change during development, necessitates an individualized treatment plan. Treatment options are primarily symptomatic and directed toward optimizing independence, function, and/or ease of care—while limiting side effects. New promising disease-preventing and modifying treatments are emerging.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)397-416
Number of pages20
JournalNeurologic clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2020


  • Cerebral palsy
  • Complex care
  • Management principles
  • Movement disorders

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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