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September 18, 2002

Predicting Gross Motor Function in Cerebral Palsy

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliation: Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Neurology, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore.

JAMA. 2002;288(11):1399-1400. doi:10.1001/jama.288.11.1399

Cerebral palsy is a syndrome of various motor impairments manifested during early childhood.1 The notion that the condition is usually related to birth-related injury has been dispelled by sound epidemiological studies.2 Prenatal factors such as brain malformations and in utero injuries are significant contributors.3 Premature birth and multiple gestation pregnancies also play significant roles in the development of cerebral palsy.4-7