Enjoying life to her full potential with cerebral palsy

For a month, Nikki Puzzo walked around with a hockey puck strapped to her torso. But this mother of two wasn’t just being silly or exhibiting her love of sports. Instead, she was demonstrating solidarity with her younger daughter, Stella. The little girl, who has spastic diplegia cerebral palsy (CP), had a device called a baclofen pump implanted into her abdomen. “I wanted her to feel more comfortable and know that she wasn’t alone,” explains Nikki. Targeting spasticity Like many kids with CP, Stella has spasticity, or severe tightness and stiffness, in her leg muscles. A medication called baclofen — typically taken orally — can help treat spasticity, but Nikki and her husband, Stephen, noticed that the drug had some unwanted side effects: Although it eased muscle contractions in Stella’s legs, it also loosened muscle tone in her abdomen, which was already relatively weak. As Dr. Brian Snyder and the rest of Stella’s care team in the Cerebral Palsy Center at Boston Children’s Hospital planned for an upcoming surgery to treat her hip dysplasia, they suggested that switching to a baclofen pump first might make her recovery go more smoothly. “The concept was a little scary,” Nikki admits. “But we knew it would have a greater benefit for her in the long run.” Three years later, the pump is paying off. “I like that the baclofen pump only affects the parts of her body that need the medicine,”...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Diseases & Conditions Our Patients’ Stories baclofen pump cerebral palsy Cerebral Palsy Center Dr. Brian Snyder Dr. Donna Nimec Dr. Elizabeth Barkoudah Kristin Buxton Source Type: news

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Source: Clinical Biomechanics - Category: Orthopaedics Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsGMs assessment at 3 mo post term could be considered as an important screening tool for early identification of VLBW infants who are at risk of neurodevelopmental impairment/cerebral palsy.
Source: Indian Journal of Pediatrics - Category: Pediatrics Source Type: research
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Source: Frontiers in Neurology - Category: Neurology Source Type: research
Conditions:   Posture Disorders in Children;   Cerebral Palsy Intervention:   Other: Photographic Posture Analysis Sponsor:   Baskent University Completed
Source: ClinicalTrials.gov - Category: Research Source Type: clinical trials
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Source: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Original Research: Obstetrics Source Type: research
AbstractTo examine the sleep habits of children with cerebral palsy  (CP) and use of night braces and to investigate their association with parental quality of life. The study included 114 children aged 3–6 (57 with typical development (TD) and 57 with CP). The children with CP were grouped according to the Gross Motor Function Classification System (GMFCS) and n ight brace use (NBU). “Children’s Sleep Habits Questionnaire-Abbreviated Form” and “Short-Form Health Survey” were used to investigate the children’s sleep habits and the parents’ quality of life, respectively. ...
Source: Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities - Category: Disability Source Type: research
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Source: Biological Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Authors: Tags: Correspondence Source Type: research
Drooling, or sialorrhoea, is a common difficulty faced by children with neurological impairment including cerebral palsy. It may lead to a reduction in their quality of life, causing skin irritation, dehydration and high levels of embarrassment and social isolation for both the patient and family. This review will discuss the assessment of patients with sialorrhoea and potential management strategies including conservative management, medical options, botulinum toxin injections and surgery.
Source: Paediatrics and Child Health - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Symposium: Cerebral Palsy Source Type: research
Intrathecal baclofen (ITB) is a well-recognised treatment option in the management of generalised spasticity and dystonia. Typically it is considered in children who have failed to respond to, or have not tolerated, appropriate enteral medications. Placement of a pump would be contraindicated in children who could not accommodate a pump due to size, or those who have a local or systemic infection. There are a number of relative contraindications which must be considered. An intrathecal baclofen test dose is usually advised and is particularly useful in screening for hypersensitivity.
Source: Paediatrics and Child Health - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Symposium: Cerebral palsy Source Type: research
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Source: Obstetrics and Gynecology - Category: OBGYN Authors: Tags: Obstet Gynecol Source Type: research
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