Staging puberty in children with cerebral palsy

Keywords: central nervous system diseases, cerebral palsy, precocious puberty

Abstract

This study evaluates the pubertal development of children diagnosed with cerebral palsy and identifies the gender with the highest incidence of early maturation of primary and secondary sexual characteristics. We assessed 25 Caucasians children between the age of 5 and 10 diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy. The children’s stage of sexual maturation was evaluated and classified according to the Tanner Stages. In the collected data, precocious maturation of secondary sexual characteristics was observed in three girls and nine boys. Statistically, there was a significant difference between the development of genitalia in boys and breasts in girls (p = 0.01). The boys presented a higher maturation speed of genitalia than the girls’ in their breasts (thelarche). The girls showed a higher development of hair (pubarche) than boys (p = 0.05). The direct relationship between neurological disorders and precocious maturation of the secondary sexual characteristics in children with cerebral palsy was concluded.

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Author Biographies

Alexandre de Aguiar Sabbag, Centro Universitário Campos de Andrade
Physiotherapist, Specialist in Terapia Neuropediátrica Intensiva (UNIANDRADE).
Ana Claudia Martins Szczypior Costin, Centro Universitário Campos de Andrade
Physiotherapist, Specialist in Pediatria e Neonatologia (PUC-PR).
Daniel Alves Menegassi, Centro Universitário Campos de Andrade
Physiotherapist, Specialist in Terapia Neuropediátrica Intensiva (UNIANDRADE).
Juliana Bertolino Silva, Centro Universitário Campos de Andrade
Fisioterapeuta, Specialist in Neurologia com Ênfase em Neuropediatria (IBRATE).
Marina Marcondes Braga, Universidade Federal do Paraná
Occupational Therapist, Master in Medicina Interna e Ciências da Saúde (UFPR).
Eduardo Borba Neves, Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná
Physiotherapist, PhD in Biomedical Enginireeng. Professor in Programa de Pós-graduação em Engenharia Biomédica da Universidade Tecnológica Federal do Paraná (UTFPR), Curitiba-PR, Brazil. Research Coordinator in Centro de Pesquisas Vitória, Curitiba-PR, Brasil.

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Published
2018-03-31
How to Cite
Sabbag, A. de A., Costin, A. C., Menegassi, D., Silva, J., Braga, M., & Neves, E. (2018, March 31). Staging puberty in children with cerebral palsy. Revista Científica General José María Córdova, 16(22), 81-91. https://doi.org/10.21830/19006586.323
Section
Technoscience