Kinetic Connections Seminar Series

Nov 28 2011 - 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Kinetic Connections Seminar Series
801 North Broadway
Conference Room 202
Baltimore, MD 21205

Since 2007, Kinetic Connections has presented education conferences and seminars led by experts in the treatment and research of cerebral palsy for individuals with cerebral palsy, their families and healthcare professionals. We are pleased to announce the next seminar in the fall seminar series.

Intrathecal Baclofen Pump (ITB) Therapy
November 28, 2011

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Panel: Dr. Alec Hoon, Jr., Dr. Eric Levey, Fran Tolley, RN, Phelps Ctr. For Cerebral Palsy & Neurodevelopmental Medicine, Kelly Meissner, Deneen Hall, parents

Description: You may have heard about intrathecal baclofen (ITB) therapy for people with cerebral palsy. ITB was developed in the mid-1990s and now considered the most effective medical therapy for treatment of spasticity.

Intrathecal baclofen therapy is a therapeutic modality that allows for the direct delivery of antispasticity medication (baclofen) into the spinal fluid (intrathecal) space, where it can inhibit motor nerve conduction at the level of the spinal cord. The main benefits are a significant reduction in spasticity improving ease of care and adjustable dosing. The main side-effects are fairly common although usually manageable, including hypotonia (low muscle tone), sleepiness, nausea/vomiting and rarely increased seizures in individuals with known epilepsy. Complications related to mechanical failures and infection and the need for intensive and reliable medical follow-up are important considerations in determining who would benefit from this therapy.

In this seminar we will discuss ITB from the perspectives of the clinical team, the family and the patient. We welcome your active participation.

Sponsored by: Center for Cerebral Palsy & Neurodevelopmental Medicine, Kennedy Krieger Institute

Location: Kennedy Krieger Institute's Outpatient Center, 801 North Broadway, Conference Room 202, Baltimore, MD 21205

Parking Garage: Kennedy Krieger Institute's parking garage is located on Ashland Street. Bring garage parking ticket with you for validation.

Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Registration: Seminars are free but registration is required and limited to 65 participants. CEU's will not be offered. Dinner will be served. Registration deadline: Monday, November 21, 2011.

For more information: For additional information about this event, or to register, contact Toni Shumate, Coordinator at (443) 923-9137 or shumate@kennedykrieger.org.