Synopses & Reviews
This book reviews the multiple causes of damage to the developing brain, both and after birth. Written by an international multidisciplinary team it includes detailed scientific accounts of the cellular mechanisms, pathology and genetics of early brain damage and presents detailed clinical accounts of the manifestations and management of the various forms of cerebral palsy and their differential diagnosis. The subject of birth asphyxia is extensively covered from both clinical and basic scientific aspects.
There are detailed and generously illustrated descriptions of the imaging of the brain by ultrasound, CT and MRI imaging in early life, soon after damage, and in later life as the brain matures and thus may modify the appearance of the early damage.
The book also provides a comprehensive and fully referenced account of the mechanisms of brain damage for those involved in such cases and who may have little or no medical background. Reference to the medico-legal aspects of clinical care is made in many chapters. The final chapter of the book, written by a lawyer with an international reputation in the field, describes in detail the legal considerations in establishing causation.
Acquired Damage to the Developing Brain describes the many causes of acquired brain damage, when it occurs and how it may be recognised both clinically and on imaging, before and after birth and in later childhood. Many disabled children are described as having 'cerebral palsy' and no further investigation of the diagnosis is undertaken. The many kinds of brain damage which underlie cerebral palsy are described and illustrated fully, including their appearances on brain scans.Written by an international multidisciplinary team it includes detailed scientific accounts of the cellular mechanisms, pathology and genetics of early brain damage and presents detailed clinical accounts of the manifestations and management of the various forms of cerebral palsy and the differential diagnosis of the disabled child. Further chapters discuss the epidemiology and aetiology of cerebral palsy.Acquired Damage to the Developing Brain will prove essential to Consultant and trainee paediatricians, paediatric neurologists, paediatric pathologists and community paediatricians. Members of the legal profession involved in medical negligence wil find it required reading, as will all health care workers looking after disabled children.
Table of Contents
Cerebral Palsy: The Clinical Problem
Epidemiology of Fetal and Neonatal Brain Damage
Aetiology of Fetal and Neonatal Brain Damage
Asphyxia and the Developing Brain
Genetic Causes of Cerebral Palsy
The Differential Diagnosis of Cerebral Palsy
Brain Development: Normal and Abnormal
Pathology of Fetal and Neonatal Brain Damage: Identifying the TimingAntenatal Assessment of Fetal Health
Clinical Assessment of the Neonate
Magnetic resonance imaging of injury to the immature brain
Radiological Assessment of the child with cerebral palsy and its medicolegal implications
Causation - Legal Proof