A complex clinical equation for statistical prediction of cerebral movement disorders in young infants

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Authors: Vania Kaleva Kostova and Assen Romanov Aleksiev
Page Range: 359-366
Published in: International Journal on Disability and Human Development, Volume 21 Issue 4
ISSN: 2191-1231

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ABSTRACT

There is no consensus on the early prediction of cerebral motor disorders in young infants. Objective: To establish an early prediction equation for cerebral motor disorders based on simultaneous statistical analysis of multiple prognostic factors in young infants. Methods: Seventy-four children (age 6.91 ± 4.78; corrected age 6.40 ± 5.08 m) with cerebral motor disorders participated. The follow-up periods were two weeks and six months. One group of 15 children was a control. It received placebo magnet once daily for two weeks. Four groups were physiotherapeutic. The magneto-therapy group of 14 children received magnetic therapy once daily for two weeks. The kinesitherapy group of 18 children received supervised kinesitherapy once daily for two weeks. The kinesitherapy + placebo magnetic therapy group of 15 children received placebo magnetotherapy + kinesitherapy once daily for two weeks. The kinesitherapy + magnetotherapy group of 15 children received magnetic therapy + kinesitherapy once daily for two weeks. The kinesitherapy groups were instructed to perform it as often as possible at home. Multiple prognostic factors were analyzed. Results: The results were determined by a multiple correlation equation including all prognostic factors (P < 0.05). The most significant effect on this equation had the frequency of kinesitherapy. It was followed by pathological reflexes, cranial ultrasound, primitive reflexes, conception, birth, corrected age, twins, pregnancy, age, number of pregnancies, sex, magnet, follow-up, and weight. Conclusion: The prognostic equation could be used for early prediction of cerebral motor disorders (including cerebral palsy) in young infants. Keywords: Cerebral movement disorders, pediatrics, early childhood, prognosis, kinesitherapy, magnetic therapy

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