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ERIC Number: ED415603
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Nov
Pages: 7
Abstractor: N/A
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New Hope for Children with Cerebral Palsy.
Obringer, S. John
This paper explains the use of a unique experimental therapy for students with a type of cerebral palsy specifically called Botox. Botulinum Toxin Type A has been tried on a sizable number of students with cerebral palsy in clinical settings to reduce spastic and dystonic movements. By injecting Botox into overly tight heel cords, a normal or near normal gait may be obtained. The positive effects of Botox are generally observable in 3 to 5 days and are most likely to benefit younger students. Advantages of Botox listed are that: (1) it can be administered as an injection on an outpatient basis; (2) it is safe, with no adverse effects; (3) it creates no surgical scar; (4) it does not require immobilization and can be injected into a single muscle; and (5) it can dramatically improve the quality of life for many students with cerebral palsy. The disadvantages of Botox are identified as: (1) the high cost of the treatment; (2) students may build antibodies to the toxin, thereby rendering it ineffective; (3) injections must be repeated every 3 to 4 months; and (4) not all insurance companies cover Botox treatments. The possible use of Botox to facilitate the placement of students with cerebral palsy in regular education classrooms is noted. (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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