Journal Article

The Efficacy of Diazepam in Enhancing Motor Function in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy

Anna Mathew, M. C. Mathew, Molly Thomas and B. Antonisamy

in Journal of Tropical Pediatrics

Volume 51, issue 2, pages 109-113
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 0142-6338
Published online April 2005 | e-ISSN: 1465-3664 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/tropej/fmh095
The Efficacy of Diazepam in Enhancing Motor Function in Children with Spastic Cerebral Palsy

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Muscle spasm and hypertonia limit mobility in children with spastic cerebral palsy. This double-blind, placebo-controlled, randomized controlled clinical trial studies the clinical efficacy of a low dose of diazepam in enhancing movement in children with spastic cerebral palsy. One hundred and eighty children fulfilled the criteria and were randomly allocated to receive one of two doses of diazepam or placebo at bedtime; 173 completed the study. There was a significant reduction of hypertonia, improvement in the range of passive movement, and an increase in spontaneous movement in the children who received diazepam. There was no report of daytime drowsiness. In developing countries, where cost factors often determine choice of drug, diazepam is a cheap and effective way of relieving spasm and stiffness, optimizing physical therapy and facilitating movement in children with spasticity.

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Subjects: Paediatrics

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