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Australian Cerebral Palsy Child Study: protocol of a prospective population based study of motor and brain development of preschool aged children with cerebral palsy

Boyd, Roslyn, N., Jordan, Rachel, Pareezer, Laura, Moodie, Anne, Finn, Christine, Luther, Belinda

Academic Literature

2013

This paper is a protocol which describes a large population-based study of early motor development and brain structure in a representative sample of preschool aged children with Cerebral palsy (CP), using direct clinical assessment.

To date, there are no prospective longitudinal studies of CP that follow a birth cohort to track early gross and fine motor development and use Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to determine the anatomical brain lesion, despite the fact that CP results from a static brain lesion during pregnancy or early life remains the most common cause of physical disability in children.

This prospective cohort study aims to recruit a total of 240 children, between 18 months and 5 years, diagnosed with CP born in Victoria and Queensland. The relationship between the pathways to motor outcome and the nature of the brain lesion will be analysed in this study.

Publication information

Journal/Publication : BMC Neurology

Location : International

Domain/s: Health and wellbeing

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