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Cognitive and adaptive outcomes and age at insult effects after non-traumatic coma

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rob ForsythORCiD, Dr Thomas Kelly, Simon Kendall, Professor Janet Eyre


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Cognitive and adaptive behavioural outcome were studied in the identified survivors of a population based study of non-traumatic coma (NTC) in childhood. Children were assessed early (six weeks) and late (12 months) after NTC. At least 7% of those children in whom no suspicions of prior neurodevelopmental morbidity existed showed moderate or severe disability following NTC. Children over 2 years of age at insult showed some improvement between early and late assessments; however, children below 2 years showed no improvement. Differing age at insult effects were observed between aetiological groups. A relation between early age at first insult and poor outcome was particularly evident among children experiencing NTC caused by epilepsy.

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Author(s): Forsyth RJ, Wong CP, Kelly TP, Borrill H, Stilgoe D, Kendall S, Eyre JA

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Archives of Disease in Childhood

Year: 2001

Volume: 84

Issue: 3

Pages: 200-204

Print publication date: 01/01/2001

ISSN (print): 0003-9888

ISSN (electronic): 1468-2044

Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1136/adc.84.3.200

PubMed id: 11207163


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