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Proposed definition and classification of cerebral palsy, April 2005

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 July 2005

Martin Bax
Affiliation:
Division of Paediatrics, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Imperial College, London, UK.
Murray Goldstein
Affiliation:
United Cerebral Palsy Research & Educational Foundation, Washington DC, USA.
Peter Rosenbaum
Affiliation:
CanChild Centre for Childhood Disability Research, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.
Alan Leviton
Affiliation:
Neuroepidemiology Unit, Children's Hospital, Carnegie, Boston, MA, USA.
Nigel Paneth
Affiliation:
Department of Epidemiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, USA.
Bernard Dan
Affiliation:
Hôpital Universitaire des Enfants, Reine Fabiola, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium.
Bo Jacobsson
Affiliation:
Perinatal Center, Sahlgrenska University Hospital East, Göteborg, Sweden.
Diane Damiano
Affiliation:
Washington University in St Louis, Department of Neurology, St Louis, MO, USA.
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Abstract

Because of the availability of new knowledge about the neurobiology of developmental brain injury, information that epidemiology and modern brain imaging is providing, the availability of more precise measuring instruments of patient performance, and the increase in studies evaluating the efficacy of therapy for the consequences of injury, the need for reconsideration of the definition and classification of cerebral palsy (CP) has become evident. Pertinent material was reviewed at an international symposium participated in by selected leaders in the preclinical and clinical sciences. Suggestions were made about the content of a revised definition and classification of CP that would meet the needs of clinicians, investigators, and health officials, and provide a common language for improved communication. With leadership and direction from an Executive Committee, panels utilized this information and have generated a revised Definition and Classification of Cerebral Palsy. The Executive Committee presents this revision and welcomes substantive comments about it.

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© 2005 Mac Keith Press

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