DOI: 10.1101/19011296Nov 8, 2019Paper

Clinical and Inflammatory Factors Influencing Constipation and Quality of Life in Cerebral Palsy

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A. C. F. FerreiraM. T. B. R. Santos


Introduction: Intestinal constipation is a clinical consequence, secondary to neuromotor disturbances, which acts on subjects with cerebral palsy (CP). The aim of this study was to investigate the factors influencing constipation and the quality of life (QOL) of CP subjects. Materials and methods: We recruited a total of 63 subjects aging from 5-17 years with spastic CP who received physical rehabilitation. The subjects were divided into two groups including with and without constipation. Subjects were assigned into one of the 4 groups (G1-4) based on the prevalence of 1) CP and 2) Constipation. Subjects were assigned as CP with constipation (G1), CP without constipation (G2), and controls without CP with constipation (G3) and without CP and without constipation (G4). Subject demographics, use of antiepileptic drugs (AEDs), motor function, caregiver priorities and child health index of life with disabilities (CPCHILD) were included. In addition to medical metadata, a subset of subjects was evaluated for oral and systemic inflammation through gingival bleeding and serum cytokine levels (TNF-alpha, IL-1 beta, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10) respectively. Statistical significance was evaluated by ANOVA One-Way (parametric data) and Kruskal Wal...Continue Reading

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