What Causes Cerebral Palsy? It Depends Where You Are

A dearth of cerebral palsy research in poor countries obscures our understanding of the condition beyond wealthy nations—but a new study begins to fill that void, write Bernard Dan and Nigel Paneth.
Angelina Kakooza-Mwesige’s survey of the condition in rural Uganda, measuring its unique burden in a low-income setting, is “a model of community survey work,” they write.
The findings show the condition’s epidemiological features in Uganda are “distinctly different” from those in wealthy countries, where research is concentrated. For example, postnatal causes like cerebral malaria accounted for 25% of cases; in wealthy nations that proportion seldom tops 10%.
The Lancet Global Health (Comment)

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