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Toxin Found Helpful in Cerebral Palsy

November 05, 2001|From Times Wire Reports

A botulism toxin treatment sometimes used to smooth wrinkles also can improve tiptoe-walking common in children with cerebral palsy, new research shows.

Injections of the food-poisoning toxin cause muscle weakness and are becoming an increasingly popular but little publicized treatment for stiff muscles in cerebral palsy.

The study, involving 155 children treated for at least a year at nine centers, is one of the largest and longest-running to examine the treatment's effectiveness.

The toxin enabled some children to walk without braces and ride tricycles, researchers said.

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