A clinico-epidemiological study of cerebral palsy in western Rajasthan

Mohan Makwana, Harish Kumar Mourya, Saroj Mourya, B. D. Gupta, Ratan Lal Bhati, Yogesh Garg


Background: Cerebral palsy (CP) is one of the leading causes of disability in children. Incidence of cerebral palsy varies from one to six per thousand live births. Besides handicapping a child, it causes considerable psychological and social trauma to the parents and financial burden to family and community. A cure for cerebral palsy (CP) has not yet been discovered, hence, a need for primary prevention of disease. But unfortunately, the etiology of cerebral palsy is poorly understood thereby eluding a definitive prevention strategy.

Methods: All cases of non-progressive neurological disorder in the age group of 0-9 years were enrolled in the present study. Thorough and complete Obstetric history including antenatal, natal and post-natal were recorded. Woodside scale is used for assessment of neurodevelopment and a complete anthropometric measurement, physical examination including detailed Central Nervous System and all neuroimaging and EEG were recorded. Severity of cerebral palsy was assessed according to Minear's classification. Statistical analysis was done by standard statistical methods.

Results: Majority of patients were males (78.26%) as compared to females. The mean age of male patients was 2.04±1.53 years and females was 3.67±3.14 years. Spastic type of CP was most common (93.47%), followed by mixed (4.34%) and atonic (2.17%) type. Quadriplegic CP was the most common (76.75%), followed by diplegia (11.62%) amongst the spastic variety. Risk factors found are maternal pyrexia (17.39%), home vaginal delivery (58.70%), birth asphyxia (67.39%), Neonatal seizures (39.13%) other factors being icterus neonatorum (13.04%) and meconium aspiration syndrome (13.04%), ICH (10.86%), septicemia (8.69%) and renal failure (4.34%). Majority of the patients (78.26%) had class III and IV functional impairment. Cortical atrophy was the most commonly (71.73%) seen abnormality on neuroimaging with CT-scan. Epilepsy was present in 47.82% patients.

Conclusions: Cerebral palsy along with its associated dysfunctions definitely disturbs the routine of children's life as well as family life. We have to go a long way before something definitive can be done for these children and their families. 


Cerebral palsy, CT scan, Etiology, EEG

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