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Study: Muscle Relaxant, Baclofen, Safe for Young Children with CP

According to a recent study in patients with spastic cerebral palsy, the muscle relaxant, baclofen, is equally safe for children under the age of six as it is for older children when administered directly into the spinal cord.

Cerebral palsy is one of the most serious birth injuries that may occur as a result of medical malpractice. It is often caused by a lack of oxygen and blood flow to a baby’s brain during labor and delivery, also known as hypoxia-ischemia. Cerebral palsy can affect both motor coordination and cognition due to brain damage, ranging from mild to severe.

Spastic cerebral palsy is the most common form of the condition, characterized by exaggerated reflexes, increased muscle tone, stiff, jerky movements, muscle tightness and joint stiffness. Medical professionals have used baclofen to reduce abnormal muscle stiffness in older pediatric patients, but until now, the efficacy and safety of intrathecal baclofen therapy in pediatric patients under the age of six had not been studied.

Researchers recorded data of seventeen children that were surgically implanted with a baclofen pump between 11 months and 5.8 years of age. They found that complications were comparable to those of older patients recorded in previously published literature. Thus, researchers concluded that intrathecal baclofen therapy in infants and small children seems safe and effective for use.

What Are Common Symptoms of Spastic Cerebral Palsy?

The most noticeable, early symptoms of spastic cerebral palsy are developmental delays in movement, including difficulties rolling over, sitting up, crawling, standing, and walking.  People with the condition also may have involuntary movements due to damage to the motor cortex of the brain, which can happen before, during, or after birth. Although cerebral palsy is a non-progressive condition, the injury may become more noticeable as a child grows older.

How Do I Know if My Child has Cerebral Palsy Because of a Birth Injury?

A birth injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a birth injury claim, so please call us at 877-262-9767 for a free consultation. You may be entitled to compensation, which may help to cover medical bills to get your child the treatment he or she needs.

The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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The following reviews from our clients do not constitute a guarantee, warranty, or prediction regarding the outcome of another legal matter. The cases mentioned in the reviews are illustrative of some of the matters previously handled by Grant & Eisenhofer involving various areas of birth injury law. These reviews are endorsements.

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