Journal article

Aetiological pathways to spastic cerebral palsy.

E Blair, F Stanley

Paediatr Perinat Epidemiol | Published : 1993


An aetiological pathway is a sequence of interdependent events culminating in disease. Recognition of such pathways can be clinically useful if it suggests more effective methods of disease prevention. Kernicterus arising from feto-maternal Rhesus incompatibility and resulting in choreoathetosis comprises an aetiological pathway to cerebral palsy. The failure to recognise sufficient causes or to intervene effectively when a sufficient cause is suspected in the majority of cerebral palsy cases suggests that there may be other aetiological pathways. Evidence for other pathways was sought in the data from the Western Australian case-control study of 183 children with spastic cerebral palsy. Two..

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