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Revista Peruana de Medicina Experimental y Salud Publica

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VILA, Judith R; ESPINOZA, Ivan O; GUILLEN, Daniel  and  SAMALVIDES, Frine. Characteristics of patients with cerebral palsy seen in neu-ropediatric external consultation in a peruvian hospital. Rev. perú. med. exp. salud publica [online]. 2016, vol.33, n.4, pp.719-724. ISSN 1726-4634.

The aim of this study was to describe the neurological consultation and baseline characteristics of children with cerebral palsy (CP). The clinical records of children with CP attending an external consultation of the Neuropediatric department of Hospital Nacional Cayetano Heredia between 2011 and 2012 were assessed in this retrospective descriptive study. A total of 81 children were included: 53.1% were boys. Spastic CP was the most frequent (72.8%), hypoxic-isquemic encephalopathy (28.1%) and cerebral malformations (28.1%) were the main causes in term newborn. The average age at the time of diagnosis was 4.1 ± 3.2 years; epilepsy was the most frequent reason for neuropediatric consultation, and 58% were admitted to the hospital at least once. The waiting period to be seen by a physical therapist was around 2 months (interquartile range = 0.8-9). We reached the conclusion that CP was delayed, and the waiting period to access specialized care was prolonged. Protocols and increased efficiency are required to provide adequate medical care to children with CP.

Keywords : Cerebral palsy; medical care; child; epilepsy; intellectual disability.

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