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For example purchase levitra soft 20 mg with mastercard, if a child has a dislocated hip that oc- casionally has a little discomfort, the hip may be fine until the esophagitis develops, which increases the spasticity due to gastrointestinal pain. This in- creased spasticity places more force across the hip with degenerative changes, which then causes an acute inflammation in the hip, causing more pain. This increased pain then further irritates the gastrointestinal system, causing more gastrointestinal distress. To adequately treat this pain complex, both problems need to be addressed through a cooperative treatment program between the gastroenterologist 72 Cerebral Palsy Management and the orthopaedist. Commonly, the child is passed back and forth with each specialist blaming the other area for the majority of the problem. This avoidance treatment approach does not help the family or the child. A typ- ical response of the orthopaedist after the child has been examined is that she does have a little hip pain, but that this is not the real problem and the family should see the gastroenterologist. The parents next take the child to see the gastroenterologist who says that she does have a little reflux and prescribes some medication, but feels that the real problem is not gastro- intestinal pain but is probably more likely pain from the hip. Many parents get passed around in this fashion and become very frustrated. It is very im- portant for these children who develop pain and cannot communicate to have a coordinating physician who also understands the complex problems. Because these problems often involve different anatomic systems, it is impor- tant for the physician working with these children to also have some under- standing of the issues that are present from other specialists’ perspectives. Gastroesophageal Reflux and Aspiration Gastroesophageal reflux is a syndrome in which the gastroesophageal sphinc- ter is incompetent and allows the stomach contents to reflux into the esoph- agus. This problem is extremely common in children with quadriplegic pat- tern CP, probably because the neuromotor function is affected directly or indirectly by the encephalopathy. Also, there is a poorly defined interaction between gastroesophageal reflux and scoliosis. When the stomach contents reflux, the acidity causes inflammation in the esophagus, which leads to pain that is described by individuals who can communicate as “heartburn.



 


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