New Definition and Classification of Cerebral Palsy
Nov 19, 2005
"(OPENPRESS) November 19, 2005 -- Dr. Anthony
Stein, Director of the CP Research Foundation, has joined several of the
Europe’s leading experts in pediatrics and neurology to propose a new definition
of cerebral palsy, a complex developmental disability that affects many
thousands of people throughout the world.
The new definition states, “Cerebral palsy (CP) describes a group of disorders
of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation, that
are attributed to non-progressive disturbances that occurred in the developing
fetal or infant brain. The motor disorders of cerebral palsy are often
accompanied by disturbances of sensation, cognition, communication, perception,
and/or behavior, and/or by a seizure disorder.”
The definition and classification of cerebral palsy, along with commentary by
the authors, are available in the August volume of Developmental Medicine and
Child Neurology, the world’s leading journal on pediatric medicine.
Earlier this year a conference of international experts in was convened in
Bethesda, Maryland, to review existing global definitions and classifications of
cerebral palsy. "