Life expectancy in children with cerebral palsy

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6980.665a (Published 11 March 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:665
  1. Richard K Eyman,
  2. Herbert J Grossman,
  3. Thomas L Call,
  4. Robert H Chaney
  1. Professor School of Education, University of California, Riverside, CA 92521, USA
  2. Professor of medicine University of Michigan Hospital, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-0800, USA
  3. Programmer analyst Assistant clinical professor Lanterman Developmental Center, PO Box 100-R, Pomona, CA 91768, USA

    EDITOR,—In their paper on life expectancy in children with cerebral palsy1 Jane L Hutton and colleagues remark on our findings in two selected studies,2 3 stating that our subjects with developmental disability seemed to have a much shorter life expectancy than they found. We studied people who had devastating learning disabilities as well as people with less severe disabilities. Some groups had a very poor prognosis—that is, those who were immobile, could not roll over, were tube fed, had …

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