National Institute of Mental Health ,Bangladesh
Title: Physical comorbidity among children with neurodevelopmental disorders
Md Faruq Alam is Director of National Institute of Mental Health ,Bangladesh
Frequent physical comorbidity among children with neurodevelopmental disorders impairs management process. The study aimed at identifying common physical comorbid disorders associated with neurodevelopmental disorders. Chidren with neurodevelopmental disorders attending Child Guidance Clinic (CGC) of National Institute of Mental Health, Dhaka during the period of September 2017 to April 2018 were assessed. DSM-5 criteria for neurodevelopmental disorders were followed for diagnosis by child psychiatrists working in the institute. Physical comorbidities were diagnosed by history, physical examination, relevant investigations and consultation with the consultants of the respective disciplines. Major physical comobidities found in the study included epilepsy, cerebral palsy, obesity, diabetes mellitus, eneurisis, respiratory tract infection, skin diseases, ear infection and urinary tract infection. Care of the physical disorders needs attention for proper management of these children.