Journal of Pediatric Neurology
DOI: 10.1055/s-0040-1701191
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Georg Thieme Verlag KG Stuttgart · New York

Management of Spasticity in Cerebral Palsy: An Electroencephalogram-Oriented Novel Approach

Harinder Jaseja
1  Vellore EEG Center, Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India
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Publication History

10 November 2019

10 December 2019

Publication Date:
28 January 2020 (online)

Abstract

Cerebral palsy (CP) is commonly associated with spasticity though the exact pathophysiology is still unknown. Management of spasticity is an important aspect of care because it can adversely affect quality of life. Patients with CP also commonly exhibit interictal epileptiform discharges (IEDs) on their electroencephalograms (EEGs) even without clinical epilepsy. This brief article studies the relationship between spasticity and IEDs. Based on the intrinsic relationship between the two and available pathophysiological evidence of spasticity, the author suggests a mandatory EEG in all patients with CP and spasticity and consideration for initiation of IEDs when detected.