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The differential diagnosis of spastic diplegia
  1. Richard Huntsman1,
  2. Edmond Lemire2,
  3. Jonathon Norton3,
  4. Anne Dzus4,
  5. Patricia Blakley5,
  6. Simona Hasal1
  1. 1Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  2. 2Division of Medical Genetics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  3. 3Division of Neurosurgery, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  4. 4Division of Pediatric Orthopedics, Department of Surgery, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  5. 5Division of Developmental Pediatrics, Department of Pediatrics, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr Richard J Huntsman, Division of Pediatric Neurology, Department of Pediatrics, University of Saskatchewan, 103 Hospital Drive, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan S7N-0W8, Canada; dr.huntsman{at}usask.ca

Abstract

Spastic diplegia is the most common form of cerebral palsy worldwide. Many disorders mimic spastic diplegia, which can result in misdiagnosis for the child with resultant negative treatment and family counselling implications. In this paper, the authors provide a brief review of spastic diplegia and the various disorders in the differential diagnosis. We also provide a diagnostic algorithm to assist physicians in making the correct diagnosis.

  • Neurology
  • Neurodisability

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