Early Neurodevelopmental Clinic: Early detection of cerebral palsy in high-risk infants - 10 November 2021 at 12:30pm (AEDT)


Cerebral palsy (CP) is the commonest physical disability of childhood. Infants born very premature, or with significant neurological concerns in the neonatal period are considered high risk. Historically, CP was diagnosed between 12-18 months of life. CP can now be diagnosed in early infancy in high-risk infants on the basis of their neonatal history, neuroimaging, and standardised assessments at 3-4 months corrected age. An introduction to the international best evidence for diagnosis and treatment of CP will be summarised. Then the implementation of this evidence into practice at an Australian hospital will be discussed. Finally, data from the initial experience of this innovative clinic will be presented. Illustrative cases will be used to educate participants in understanding the tools, and real world challenges for making an early diagnosis of CP in infants.

About the Presenter:

Dr Atul Malhotra
Consultant Neonatologist and Head, Early Neurodevelopmental Clinic,
Monash Children’s Hospital & Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

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