Life expectancy of mentally retarded hemiplegics


Dr J. Jancar, Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist, Stoke Park Hospital, Stapleton, Bristol BS16 1QU, England.


Sixty-four mentally retarded people with hemiplegia (35 females and 29 males), first recorded in 1963, were re-examined 30 years later for life expectancy. Detailed physical and mental states, lengths of hospital stays and other information were noted. Recent advances in diagnosis and prognosis of hemiplegics were included. The results of the study indicate that, with special provisions available, people with hemiplegia have the prospect of reaching pensionable age and beyond: the oldest female is 85 and the oldest male 76 years of age.