Claim that events before birth cause cerebral palsy is disputedBMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7250.1626/a (Published 17 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1626
- Mark Silvert
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 …