Epidemiology of the cerebral palsies

Eve Blair, Christine Cans, Elodier Sellier

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Epidemiology of CP aims to describe the frequency of the condition in a population and to monitor its changes over time. Also it studies the determinants of this condition which responsible for some changes over time. Classification of CP is an important step toward describing more homogenous subgroups of persons with CP. Several classifications exist based on neurological signs and topography, on motor function loss, on associated impairments, on severity of the clinical pattern and on the neuroimaging findings. Overall prevalence of CP is around 2 per 1000 live births in developed and in developing countries, with a trend toward a decrease during the last decade, at least for the more severe subgroups and the more tiny babies. Caution should be paid when interpreting changes in prevalence rates since factors that may influence these estimates are numerous.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCerebral Palsy
Subtitle of host publicationA Multidisciplinary Approach, Third Edition
EditorsChristos P. Panteliadis
Place of PublicationSwitzerland
PublisherSpringer International Publishing AG
Number of pages10
ISBN (Electronic)9783319678580
ISBN (Print)9783319678573
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


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