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Paediatr Respir Rev. 2009 Mar;10(1):18-24. doi: 10.1016/j.prrv.2008.10.003. Epub 2009 Jan 23.

Assessing and managing lung disease and sleep disordered breathing in children with cerebral palsy.

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Department of Respiratory Medicine, University of Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.


The major morbidity and mortality associated with cerebral palsy (CP) relates to respiratory compromise. This manifests through repeated pulmonary aspiration, airway colonization with pathogenic bacteria, the evolution of bronchiectasis and sleep disordered breathing. An accurate assessment involving a multidisciplinary approach and relatively simple interventions for these conditions can lead to significant improvements in the quality of life of children with CP as well as their parents and carers. This review highlights the more common problems and potential therapies with regard to suppurative lung disease and sleep disordered breathing in children with CP.

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