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La cascade excitotoxique et la neuroprotection aux différentes phases du développement cérébral

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P Evrard, S Marret, P Gressens

Original languageFrench
Pages (from-to)159-65; discussion 165-7
JournalBulletin et Memoires De L Academie Royale De Medecine De Belgique
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1997

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Prevalence of cerebral palsy enhanced dramatically during the last decades in some western countries. Pathophysiology of perinatal brain lesions has been revisited. Etiology seems multifactorial including perfusion failure/hypoxia, preconceptional factors, thyroid hormone and growth factors deficiencies, maternal infections with production of cytokines. Excitatory amino acids and excitotoxic cascade seem to be a common final pathway leading to neural cell death. Pharmacological tools destined to inhibit the excitotoxic cascade have been recently developed and are promising for neonatal "neuroprotection".

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