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Claim that events before birth cause cerebral palsy is disputed

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: (Published 17 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1626
  1. Mark Silvert
  1. BMJ

    The theory that cerebral palsy is caused by events during pregnancy rather than at birth was attacked at a conference last week. Lawyers and doctors at the Action for Victims of Medical Accidents' annual conference in Birmingham claimed that the hypothesis, which was outlined in a consensus statement in the BMJ last year (1999;319:1054-9), was founded on inadequate evidence and literature.

    They admitted that most neurodevelopmental problems in children were not secondary to perinatal hypoxic-ischaemic damage but insisted that an …

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