The Pediatric Cerebral Performance Category Scale was described by Fiser and can be used to summarize the level of neurologic function seen in a pediatric patient.
• normal at age appropriate level
• school age child attends regular school classroom
• conscious, alert and able to interact at an age appropriate level
• school age child attending regular school classroom but grade perhaps not appropriate for age
• may have a mild neurologic deficit
• sufficient cerebral function for age-appropriate independent activities of daily life
• school age child attending special education classroom
• may have learning deficit
• dependent on others for daily support because of impaired brain function
• any degree of coma without any of the criteria for brain death
• unawareness, even if awake in appearance, without interaction with the environment
• cerebral unresponsiveness
• no evidence of cortical function and not aroused by verbal stimuli
• possibly some reflexive responses, spontaneous eye opening and/or sleep-wake cycles
coma or vegetative state
• apnea, OR
• areflexia, OR
• electroencephalographic (EEG) silence
NOTE: This is reminiscent of the performance grades for polyneuropathy of Hughes et al.
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Purpose: To describe a pediatric patient's neurologic function level using the Pediatric Cerebral Performance Category Scale.
Specialty: Sports Medicine & Rehabilitation, Neurology
Objective: severity, prognosis, stage, disability and performance