Handedness in diplegic cerebral palsy

Lin, Ki Rui and Prabhu, Vasanthi and Shah, Hitesh and Kamath, Asha and Joseph, Benjamin (2012) Handedness in diplegic cerebral palsy. Developmental Neurorehabilitation, 15 (5). pp. 386-389. ISSN 1751–8423

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Objective: To determine if the frequency of left-handedness is high in children with spastic cerebral diplegia. Design: Case-control study. Methods: One hundred and eleven children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy and 444 age- and gender-matched controls were studied. The handedness of each child was assigned on the basis of responses to questions on the hand preference for writing and drawing, feeding and throwing a ball. The data were analysed by conditional logistic regression and computing the odds ratio and 95% confidence intervals for left handedness. Results: Of the 111 children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, 45 were left-handed, while 13 of 444 normal children were left-handed. The odds ratio for left-handedness in children with diplegic cerebral palsy as compared to normal children was 27.33 (95% CI¼11.63, 64.25). Conclusion: The study shows that left-handedness is very frequently encountered in children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cerebral diplegia; spastic diplegia; left handedness; hand dominance.
Subjects: Allied Health > MCOAHS Manipal > Occupational Therapy
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Manipal > Orthopaedics
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 10 Sep 2013 04:21
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2013 04:21
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/137102

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