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November 26, 2003

Hope for Perinatal Prevention of Cerebral Palsy

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Pediatrics (Dr Tyson) and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences (Dr Gilstrap), University of Texas Medical School, Houston.

JAMA. 2003;290(20):2730-2732. doi:10.1001/jama.290.20.2730

Advances in maternal-fetal medicine and neonatology have resulted in dramatic reductions in the mortality of high-risk infants. Unfortunately, there has been no progress in reducing the prevalence of cerebral palsy (CP),1 a group of nonprogressive motor impairment syndromes caused by lesions of the brain arising in early development. In the United States, more than 100 000 people younger than 18 years are disabled by CP.2 The human and financial costs remain extremely high.3

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