Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 15: Clinical Presentation (ebook)


Chapter 15 of the book – Clinical Presentation

Lucinda J Carr

This chapter will describe how a child with cerebral palsy (CP) may present to professional attention. It will discuss the importance of the clinical history and the specific ‘warning signs’ that may alert the clinician to underlying problems. The evolution of clinical signs will be discussed and how the different clinical subtypes contrast (for example unilateral versus bilateral and spastic versus dyskinetic CP). Finally suggestions as to how best to confirm the diagnosis and to disclose this to a child and the carers will be considered.

About the complete book

This landmark title considers all aspects of cerebral palsy from the causes to clinical problems and their implications for individuals. An international team of experts provides clinicians and researchers with key information on the mechanisms underlying impairments in movement, development, cognition, communication, vision, feeding, behaviour, sexuality, and musculoskeletal deformities.  They present a wide range of person-centred assessment approaches, including clinical evaluation, measurement scales, neuroimaging and gait analysis. The principles of multi-disciplinary management are presented, in terms of therapist intervention, medication and surgery. The perspective of the book spans the lifelong course of cerebral palsy, taking into account worldwide differences in socio-economic and cultural factors. Many chapters are illustrated with clinical vignettes enabling direct translation into practice. Full integrated colour, with extensive cross-referencing make this a highly attractive and useful reference.

Readership: Paediatric neurologists, developmental paediatricians, rehabilitation doctors, orthopaedic surgeons, child psychiatrists, physiotherapists speech and language therapists psychologists, occupational therapists and other health and educational professionals.

Clinics in Developmental Medicine Series.