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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2008 Sep;66(3B):652-8.

Quality of life of children with cerebral palsy treated with botulinum toxin: are well-being measures appropriate?

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Neuropediatrics Center, General Hospital, Federal University of Parana, Curitiba, PR, Brazil.

Abstract

AIM:

To analyze quality of life (QOL) of children with cerebral palsy (CP) treated with botulinum toxin type A (BTXA).

METHOD:

Two QOL evaluation tools, translated into Portuguese, were used: Pediatric Outcomes Data Collection Instrument (PODCI) and Child's Caregiver Questionnaire (CCQ). Questionnaires were answered by caregivers on two occasions. Patients were divided into 3 groups: I--patients who had been previously treated with BTXA and who underwent a session of BTXA; II--patients who used BTXA for the first time; III--patients previously treated with BTXA but did not in this interval.

RESULTS:

Sixty-eight patients were evaluated. In group I (n=26) the functional ability had improvement for all types of CP (p=0.04), and tetraplegic increased interaction/communication (p=0.02). In group II (n=14) positioning improved (p=0.02). Group III (n=28) showed no change in QOL.

CONCLUSIONS:

PODCI and CCQ are able to capture outcome in children with CP.

PMID:
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