IncobotulinumtoxinA Efficacy/Safety in Upper-Limb Spasticity in Pediatric Cerebral Palsy: Randomized Controlled Trial

Edward Dabrowski*, Henry G. Chambers, Deborah Gaebler-Spira, Marta Banach, Petr Kaňovský, Hanna Dersch, Michael Althaus, Thorin L. Geister, Florian Heinen

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Background: This randomized phase 3 study with double-blind main period (MP) and open-label extension (OLEX; NCT02002884) assessed incobotulinumtoxinA safety and efficacy for pediatric upper-limb spasticity treatment in ambulant/nonambulant (Gross Motor Function Classification System [GMFCS] I-V) patients, with the option of combined upper- and lower-limb treatment. Methods: Patients were aged two to 17 years with unilateral or bilateral spastic cerebral palsy (CP) and Ashworth Scale (AS) score ≥2 in treatment-selected clinical patterns. In the MP, patients were randomized (2:1:1) to incobotulinumtoxinA 8, 6, or 2 U/kg body weight (maximum 200, 150, 50 U/upper limb), with optional lower-limb injections in one of five topographical distributions (total body dose ≤16 to 20 U/kg, maximum 400 to 500 U, depending on body weight and GMFCS level). In the OLEX, patients received three further treatment cycles, at the highest MP doses (8 U/kg/upper limb group). Outcomes included AS, Global Impression of Change Scale (GICS), and adverse events (AEs). Results: AS scores improved from baseline to week 4 in all MP dose groups (n = 350); patients in the incobotulinumtoxinA 8 U/kg group had significantly greater spasticity improvements versus the 2 U/kg group (least-squares mean [standard error] for upper-limb main clinical target pattern −1.15 [0.06] versus −0.93 [0.08]; P = 0.017). Investigator's, child/adolescent's, and parent/caregiver's GICS scores showed improvements in all groups. Treatment benefits were sustained over further treatment cycles. AE incidence did not increase with dose or repeated treatment across GMFCS levels. Conclusions: Data provide evidence for sustained efficacy and safety of multipattern incobotulinumtoxinA treatment in children and adolescents with upper-limb spasticity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)10-20
Number of pages11
JournalPediatric neurology
StatePublished - Oct 2021


  • Botulinum neurotoxin A
  • Cerebral palsy
  • IncobotulinumtoxinA
  • Multipattern treatment
  • Pediatric
  • Spasticity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neurology
  • Developmental Neuroscience
  • Clinical Neurology


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