Life expectancy of children with cerebral palsy

Title

Life expectancy of children with cerebral palsy

Creator

Strauss DJ; Shavelle RM; Anderson TW

Publisher

Pediatric Neurology

Date

1998

Subject

Child; Female; Male; Cohort Studies; Survival Analysis; Risk Factors; Confidence Intervals; Activities of Daily Living; Feeding Methods; Proportional Hazards Models; Preschool; infant; Eating; Human; Motor Skills; Likelihood Functions; Life Expectancy; Cerebral Palsy/mortality; California/epidemiology

Description

Risk factors for mortality of young children with cerebral palsy were studied using a sample of 12,709 children aged 0.5-3.5 years with cerebral palsy who had received services from the State of California between 1980 and 1995. The most powerful prognostic factors for survival were simple functional items: mobility and feeding skills. Once these were known, factors such as severity of mental retardation and presence of quadriplegia contributed relatively little. Children with fair motor and eating skills had good survival prospects, with 90% or more reaching adulthood, but those without such skills had much poorer prospects. Among children who were unable to lift their heads, median survival time was 7 additional years for those who were tube fed (n = 557) and 14 years for those fed entirely by others (n = 997). Although a child's approximate survival chances can be assessed from such functional classifications, we indicate the manner in which additional information on the child's condition can be used to obtain more accurate survival data.
1998

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

143-9

Issue

2

Volume

18

Citation

Strauss DJ; Shavelle RM; Anderson TW, “Life expectancy of children with cerebral palsy,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 3, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/11622.

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