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Apology and correction: Mr Martin Gough

Phil Gray, the Chief Executive of the CSP, would like to offer his personal apology to Mr Martin Gough, FRCSI, for the fact that the report in Frontline of Mr Gough’s presentation at the Society’s Congress was over-summarised, which led to it giving an inaccurate account of his views.

Mr Gray said: ‘I wish to apologise to Mr Martin Gough that our report in Frontline of his presentation made at the Society’s Congress, ‘Failure of growth is main cause of cerebral palsy’, published in Frontline on 17 November 2010, was factually inaccurate. ‘Accuracy is a cornerstone of Frontline and this was an extremely unfortunate, but thankfully rare, lapse from its expected standard. As such, the Society is pleased to be able to publish the retraction and corrected summary which appears below with Mr Gough’s consent.’

Musculoskeletal deformity in cerebral palsy is related to a failure of musculoskeletal growth

Martin Gough, consultant paediatric orthopaedic surgeon at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, told delegates at the CSP Congress that the growth of muscles and the development of movement in children depended on interaction between the corticospinal tract, spinal cord networks and peripheral nerves.  Reduced input from the corticospinal tract, as occurs in children with cerebral palsy, could result in impaired development of the spinal cord networks and hence impaired muscle growth and development.  He said also that cerebral palsy was not now considered as an isolated motor disorder but included problems with proprioception, and may be associated with altered language, cognitive and visual development.  He concluded that spasticity is associated with the development of deformity but was not the cause of deformity.

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