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Dev Med Child Neurol. 1995 Feb;37(2):124-30.

The effects of non-nutritional factors on growth in cerebral palsy.

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Department of Pediatrics, University of Virginia School of Medicine.


This study was designed to evaluate the effects of non-nutritional factors alone on the growth of children with cerebral palsy (CP). 20 children with hemiplegic CP, normal stature and normal triceps skinfold measurements had 16 different anthropometric measures performed on each side of the body (affected vs unaffected). All measures of breadth, circumference and length were significantly smaller on the affected side compared with the unaffected side. Skinfold measurements had a tendency to be larger on the affected side. These results suggest that non-nutritional factors related to disease severity have a significant influence on the growth of children with CP, even in the absence of malnutrition.

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