Children with cerebral palsy: severity and trends over time

G Surman, Karla Hemming, MJ Platt, J Parkes, A Green, J Hutton, JJ Kurinczuk

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Increasingly, more very-low-birthweight infants in the developed world are now expected to survive the neonatal period than was previously the case. There are concerns that there may be a related increase in the number of infants developing severe sensorimotor impairments. Pooled data from five registers contributing to the UK Network of Cerebral Palsy Registers, Surveys and Databases were used to identify patterns of motor impairment in relation to additional impairments and to birthweight, and to assess whether prevalence of cerebral palsy (CP) by birthweight and by severity of motor impairment had changed over time. Low-birthweight infants are at greater risk of developing CP than larger-birthweight babies. The CP rate amongst children with birthweights or = 2500 g, 23% compared with 15% weighing
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)513-21
Number of pages9
JournalPaediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009


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