Acquired cervical spine impairment in young adults with cerebral palsy

Dev Med Child Neurol. 1991 Feb;33(2):153-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1469-8749.1991.tb05094.x.


Three patients with spastic cerebral palsy and no associated movement disorder--each of whom presented with loss of functional skills and delay in the definitive diagnosis of cervical myelopathy--are reported, in order to increase awareness of the possibility of cervical spine pathology in these adults. The possibility of myelopathy should be investigated when considering the etiology of functional deterioration. A functional neurological examination for all multiply disabled individuals is proposed as a reference for future comparison.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Cerebral Palsy / diagnosis*
  • Cerebral Palsy / physiopathology
  • Cervical Vertebrae / physiopathology*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability / physiopathology
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / diagnosis
  • Intervertebral Disc Displacement / physiopathology
  • Male
  • Neurologic Examination / methods*
  • Spinal Cord / physiopathology
  • Spinal Cord Compression / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Cord Compression / physiopathology
  • Spinal Stenosis / diagnosis*
  • Spinal Stenosis / physiopathology