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CEREBRAL PALSY AND THE TRANSITION FROM PEDIATRIC TO ADULT CARE

Oskoui, Maryam; Shevell, Michael I.

CONTINUUM: Lifelong Learning in Neurology:
doi: 10.1212/01.CON.0000348878.31941.16
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Abstract

Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical impairment in children. The key feature of this heterogeneous symptom complex is a neuromotor impairment resulting from a nonprogressive pathology of the fetal or infant brain. A clear temporal trend of increasing life expectancy has occurred over the past decades, and the adult with cerebral palsy can be expected to be part of the adult neurology-focused clinical practice. In this chapter, we will review the epidemiology, classification, and associated comorbidities of cerebral palsy and highlight the importance of transition care for these young adults.

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Relationship Disclosure: Dr Oskoui has nothing to disclose. Dr Shevell has received research support and personal compensation for speaking activities from Janssen Ortho.

Unlabeled Use of Products/Investigational Use Disclosure: Drs Oskoui and Shevell have nothing to disclose.

© 2009 American Academy of Neurology