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June 30, 1956

PROGNOSTIC STUDIES IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY

JAMA. 1956;161(9):781-784. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970090007002
Abstract

• The prognostic value of certain mental and physical tests was studied in 50 children with cerebral palsy. The data obtained at a given age were correlated with the status of the child two years later.

The most reliable basis for predicting the achievements of a child was the intelligence test. The electroencephalogram was not a reliable prognostic tool in this situation but was of value in the diagnosis of seizures when these occurred. Pneumoencephalography, though not recommended for routine use, was of value in some difficult cases.

Of children with cerebral palsy, the ones most likely to make adequate adjustments in later life are those with spastic hemiplegia, those with unilateral brain damage and low average or better intelligence, and those of any diagnostic category with mild handicaps, relatively normal pneumoencephalograms, and good intelligence.

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