The efficiency of high dose botulinum toxin type-A in the treatment of cerebral palsy
Alper İbrahim Dai 1 *
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1 Gazianep Üniversitesi, Tıp Fakültesi Çocuk Nörolojisi Bilim Dalı Gaziantep, Turkey* Corresponding Author


Objective: Cerebral palsy is the most common cause of severe physical disability in childhood. Botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A), has rapidly gained acceptance as a different treatment for spasticity. However, no consensus exists among clinicians about optimal dose of BTX-A in pediatric patients. Doses of 2-6 U/ kg bodyweight with a maximum total dose of 29U/kg have been reported. This study was conducted due to uncertain dosage rage in pediatric use.
Method: In this study, 12 patients with cerebral palsy and spastic eqinus foot deformity who referred to our center, were treated with BTX-A in the dosage of 25 U/kg. After treatment of BTX-A, patients were followed up total of 6 months. Three months after treatment, Gross motor functional measurement (GMFM) and Modified Ashwort scale (MAS) were done. At the same time, questionnaires (PCQ) were filled for possible side effects.
Results: Average age of 6 girls and 6 boys were 4.5 ± 2.8 years. GMFM and MAS were done before and 3 months after treatment and were found statistically significant (p<0.05). Muscle soreness was the most common symptom at PCQ forms.
Conclusion: Using these two objective scales and PCQ form, high dose of BTX-A treatment was found statistically successful. Larger dose of BTX-A was used which was considered safe, effective and better tolerated by children. Titration of the dose of BTX-A, should be individualized for each patient due to different level of spasticity affecting patients in different ways.


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Article Type: Research Article

J Clin Exp Invest, 2014, Volume 5, Issue 1, 93-97

Publication date: 11 Mar 2014

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