Entrapment neuropathy in patients with spastic cerebral palsy

M. Frascarelli, F. Frascarelli, M. G. Gentile, Mariano Serrao, F. De Santis, F. Pierelli, V. Santilli

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Objectives - We performed nerve conduction and needle electromyographic tests in 29 patients with spastic cerebral palsy (SCP) and severe limb deformities. Nerve conduction abnormalities were detected in 32 of 400 sensory or motor nerves, while 11 of 29 patients (37.9%) showed abnormal nerve conduction, indicating one or more entrapment neuropathies. Patients with SCP develop severe joint contractures and deformities due to spastic muscle tone and limited muscle and joint use/flexibility; these contractures and deformities can, in turn, cause nerve damage, possibly as a result of the stretching, angulation or compression mechanisms in the anatomic fibro-osseous passages, where nerves are particularly susceptible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)178-182
Number of pages5
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2005


  • Cerebral palsy
  • Electromyography
  • Entrapment neuropathy
  • Joint deformities
  • Nerve conduction studies
  • Peripheral nerves

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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