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Early brain injury and plasticity: Reorganization and functional Recovery

Ana Katušić
  • Center for rehabilitation, “Mali dom-Zagreb”, Zagreb, 10000, Croatia
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Published Online: 2011-03-26 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/s13380-011-0006-5


One of the most remarkable observations in developmental neuroscience is the plasticity of the developing brain. Although recent findings suggest that the developing brain possesses substantial compensatory potential, the mechanisms of reorganization and its limitations remain largely unknown. This review includes studies elucidating the complexities of brain reorganization in response to early brain injury. It describes the factors influencing the pattern and degree of brain plasticity, provides insight into the patterns of reorganization in different brain systems and offers guidelines for clinicians in the field of neurorehabilitation. This knowledge is crucial in clinical work when designing the appropriate type and timing of interventions for children with early brain injuries

Keywords: Early Brain Injury; Plasticity; Reorganization; Functional Outcome; Rehabilitation; Timely Appropriate Interventions

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