Diagnostic value of mri in cerebral palsy children with etiological correlation & clinical profile

Gopinathan.K., Kanagasabai.R., Vasanthi.T and Manojkumar.M

Aims and Objective

  1. To correlate MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) brain findings with etiology, clinical types and severity of children with CP (Cerebral Palsy).
  2. To identify the associated risk factors in children with CP.

Materials & Methods

This is a cross sectional descriptive and analytical study done at Government Kilpauk Medical College, Chennai, India. The study population includes 55 patients between 2 and 15 years of age with cerebral palsy attending the outpatient department (OPD) and admitted to the paediatric wards. A detailed demographic data, clinical history was taken, clinical examination was done and MRI images were reviewed by a radiologist with knowledge of the preceding clinical diagnosis of cerebral palsy.


The most common MRI lesion in children with CP are cortical lesions followed by PVL (Periventricular leukomalacia). MRI increases the diagnostic yield and improves the understanding of the neuroanatomical basis for functional limitations in the CP.

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.24327/23956429.ijcmpr20170012