Cerebral Palsy: Science and Clinical Practice – Chapter 7: Regional Structural Brain Malformations and Motor Impairment (ebook)


Chapter 7 of the book – Regional Structural Brain Malformations and Motor Impairment

Floyd H Gilles and Marvin D Nelson Jr

The parietofrontal sensorimotor systems underlying movement are far more complex than originally thought. These sensorimotor systems constantly monitor muscle stretch, load, and joint position of all the body’s many joints and muscles and adjust these automatically with a change in any one joint or muscle, but in the context of peripersonal space events, thereby setting the stage for every new volitional movement. Should any isocortical sensorimotor component be abnormally constructed, volitional motor function will probably be impaired. Although many isocortical malformations are named, there is considerable overlap among them.

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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.