Monday, December 27, 2010

Botox in Upper Limbs

The Journal of Child Neurology published research on the use of injections of Botox A in the upper extremities of children with cerebral palsy. A retrospective study was done on 30 children (average age 9.9 years old +/-5 years) who received 1-5 treatments in various muscles of the upper limbs (pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis, biceps, flexor carpi ulnaris, opponens, and/or adductor pollicis). Following treatment, functional improvements were noted in 42 of the 56 treatments and muscle tone decreased significantly. These effects were noted for an average of 7 months (+/-3 months) post treatment.

Reference: Aviva Fattal-Valevski, Liora Sagi, and Dafna Domenievitz
Botulinum Toxin A Injections to the Upper Limbs in Children With Cerebral Palsy: Duration of Effect J Child Neurol 0883073810376446, first published on October 6, 2010 doi:10.1177/0883073810376446

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