Australian Family Physician
Australian Family Physician


Volume 40, Issue 4, April 2011

Cerebral palsy in childhood

Dinah Reddihough
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Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in childhood. While some children have only a motor disorder, others have a range of problems and associated health issues.
This article describes the known causes of cerebral palsy, the classification of motor disorders and associated disabilities, health maintenance, and the consequences of the motor disorder. The importance of multidisciplinary assessment and treatment in enabling children to achieve their optimal potential and independence is highlighted.
General practitioners play an important role in the management of children with cerebral palsy. Disability is a life-long problem which impacts on the child, their parents and their siblings. After transition to adult services, the GP may be the only health professional that has known the young person over an extended period, providing important continuity of care.

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