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Phenotypic definitions of the cerebral palsies and the relationship to pathogenesis and the possibilities of prevention
  1. Brian Neville
  1. Correspondence to Brian Neville, UCL Institute of Child Health, The Wolfson Centre, Mecklenburgh Square, London WC1N 2AP, UK; b.neville{at}ich.ucl.ac.uk

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The European study of dyskinetic cerebral palsy1 and Peter Pharoah's discussion2 raise important issues about phenotypic definitions of the cerebral palsies and the relationship to pathogenesis and the possibilities of prevention.

The definition of dyskinetic cerebral palsy used is that of the seminal Gothenburg studies, that is, a predominantly extrapyramidal involvement disorder in …

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