Journal of Community Health

, Volume 38, Issue 2, pp 257–260 | Cite as

Cerebral Palsy Among Children Seen in the Neurology Clinic of Federal Medical Centre (FMC), Asaba

  • C. O. Okike
  • B. N. Onyire
  • C. T. Ezeonu
  • H. U. Agumadu
  • K. A. Adeniran
  • P. C. Manyike
Original Paper


Cerebral palsy (CP) is a non-progressive disorder of motor function caused by irreversible damage to the immature brain. The disorder may be associated with seizure, mental retardation, visual and hearing defects. This study was designed to determine the types of CP, the risk factors and the co-morbidities associated with the disorder. Records of patients who were seen in the neurology clinic were kept for two years (June 2009–July 2011). Medical history and examination were essentially used to determine risk factors, antenatal care and co-morbidities. Data was analyzed using SPSS soft-ware. CP made up 45 % of 60 neurological cases and 0.006 % of 4,873 patients seen in the clinic with a male to female ratio of 1.1:1. Birth asphyxia was the commonest risk factor for the development of the disorder while seizure disorder among others was the commonest co-morbid state.


Cerebral palsy FMC Asaba Co-morbidity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • C. O. Okike
    • 1
  • B. N. Onyire
    • 2
  • C. T. Ezeonu
    • 2
  • H. U. Agumadu
    • 3
  • K. A. Adeniran
    • 1
  • P. C. Manyike
    • 4
  1. 1.Federal Medical CentreAsabaNigeria
  2. 2.Ebonyi State University Teaching HospitalAbakalikiNigeria
  3. 3.University of Abuja Teaching HospitalGwagwaladaNigeria
  4. 4.Federal Teaching HospitalAbakalikiNigeria

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