DO MORE REGULAR BOTOX INJECTIONS STOP THE CALF MUSCLE GETTING TIGHT IN CHILDREN WITH CEREBRAL PALSY WHO CAN WALK?

Grant number: 454705 | Funding period: 2007 - 2012

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Abstract

Cerebral Palsy (CP) is the most common cause of disability amongst children across the developed world. There are about 1800 children with CP in Victoria alone. It is caused by damage to the brain in early childhood. Children with CP have difficulty controlling how their muscles work. Muscles are often spastic, which means that they are switched on all the time, and this makes walking and performing other tasks difficult. As the child grows the spastic muscles can become too short and this occurs can only be corrected by orthopaedic surgery. The spasticity in particular muscles can be reduced by injecting them with Botulinum Toxin (commonly known as Botox and used cosmetically to remove wrin..

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