Mortality in Cerebral Palsy (CP): The Importance of the Cause of CP on the Manner of Death

    Volume 48, Issue 5 (September 2003)

    ISSN: 0022-1198

    CODEN: JFSOAD

    Published Online: 1 September 2003

    Page Count: 4


    (Received 16 June 2003; accepted 10 May 2003)

    Abstract

    Cerebral palsy (CP) is a nonprogressive motor deficit present or sustained in the perinatal period. We reviewed the files of the Office of Chief Medical Examiner of the City of New York for the 1997-2001 interval seeking those with any mention of cerebral palsy. There were 26 such cases, including 18 natural deaths, three accidents, two homicides, two therapeutic complications, and one death classified as undetermined. Proper reporting and careful investigation of these deaths is required for accurate certification of cause and manner of death, as well as for adequate tracking of these deaths for public health purposes.


    Paper ID: JFS2003009

    DOI: 10.1520/JFS2003009

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    Title Mortality in Cerebral Palsy (CP): The Importance of the Cause of CP on the Manner of Death
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