Mortality from 1 to 16-18 years in bilateral cerebral palsy.

Baird, G; Allen, E; Scrutton, D; Knight, A; McNee, A; Will, E; Elbourne, D; (2010) Mortality from 1 to 16-18 years in bilateral cerebral palsy. Archives of disease in childhood. ISSN 0003-9888 DOI:

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Objective To ascertain mortality from 1 to 18 years, and predictors of mortality. Design Long-term follow-up of population cohort born 1989-1992. Setting Births in South East Thames Region. Patients 346 children with bilateral cerebral palsy (CP). Interventions Not applicable. Main outcome measures Mortality; predictors of mortality. Results 98% of the cohort were traced. 61/340 (17.9%) had died by age 16-18 years at a steady mortality. The main predictive factor was severity of impairment of functional ability (hazard ratio 5.7, 95% CI 2.1 to 15.0 for poor hand manipulation; 6.8 (1.9 to 23.9).for severe communication problems). Conclusions Although there were deaths throughout the childhood and teenage years, the majority of children with bilateral CP are likely to survive to adulthood, especially if they do not have major functional impairment at 2 years. This confirms findings of other studies of children with CP.

Item Type: Article
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Medical Statistics
Research Centre: Centre for Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH)
Centre for Global Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)
PubMed ID: 20551190
Web of Science ID: 296153800021


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