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Botulinumtoxin A treatment in toddlers with cerebral palsy
KTH, School of Engineering Sciences (SCI), Mechanics, Structural Mechanics.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5417-5939
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2010 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 99, no 8, 1156-1162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aims: In this study the aim was to evaluate the effect of botulinum toxin A (BoNT-A) treatment on muscle tone, contracture development and gait pattern in young children with cerebral palsy (CP). Method: Fifteen children with spastic CP (mean age = 16 months) were included in a randomized control study. All received a daily stretching programme and children in the BoNT-A group additionally received two injections, 6 months apart in the gastrocnemius muscle. Outcomes were assessed at baseline, and after 1 and 3.5 years. A 3D gait-analysis was performed at 5 years of age. Results: Plantarflexor muscle tone in the BoNT-A group was significantly reduced after 3.5 years, while the muscle tone at the ankle and knee in the control group remained unchanged. The change-score in knee-flexion muscle tone between the groups was significantly different after 3.5 years. The knee joint ROM was significantly increased at 1 year in the BoNT-A group but reduced at the knee and ankle joints in the control group after 3.5 years. No group differences were found for gait analysis, GMFM-66 or PEDI. Conclusion: Early treatment of BoNT-A in children with spastic CP may decrease muscle tone and decelerate contracture development after 3.5 years. The effect on gait development remains inconclusive.

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2010. Vol. 99, no 8, 1156-1162 p.
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Botulinum toxin A, Cerebral palsy, Contracture, Gait, Long term
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-27253DOI: 10.1111/j.1651-2227.2010.01767.xISI: 000279438000012ScopusID: 2-s2.0-77954372048OAI: diva2:381416
QC 20101227Available from: 2010-12-27 Created: 2010-12-09 Last updated: 2010-12-27Bibliographically approved

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