Hypotonia in Infants

Activity Details
  • Credit Amounts:
    • CNE: 1.20
    • CPH: 1.00
    • UNTHSC: 1.00
    • Physicians: 1.00
    • PT: 1.00
  • Cost: Free
  • Release: Jul 9, 2018
  • Expires: Jul 9, 2020
  • Estimated Time to Complete:
    1 Hour(s)
  • System Requirements:
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Warren A.  Marks Warren A. Marks, MD
Medical Director, Movement Disorder and Neurorehabilitation Program;
Vice Chair, Medical Subspecialties Division, Cook Children's Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas

Needs Statement

Hypotonia, or decreased muscle tone, may be confused with muscle weakness. Hypotonia may occur as a result of trauma, environmental factors, or genetic, muscle, or central nervous system disorders. It is sometimes seen in patients with a other conditions such as Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, cerebral palsy, Prader-Willi syndrome, myotonic dystrophy, or Tay-Sachs disease. This activity will explain how to differentiate hypotonia from weakness. It will also aid the practitioner in the determination of the location of the damage – brain, spinal cord, nerves or muscles.

Target Audience

This activity was planned to address the educational needs of physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, physical therapists and nurses.


  • Differentiate hypotonia from weakness
  • Differentiate central from peripheral hypotonia
  • Have a strategy for localizing the etiology of hypotonia



UNT Health Science Center is approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider # 16274. This activity is approved for 1.20 Contact Hours.


This activity is approved for 1.00 credit(s) accepted by the National Board of Public Health Examiners' Certified Public Health (CPH) recertification program.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center certifies this activity for 1.00 hour of participation.


The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association to award continuing medical education to physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center has requested that the AOA Council on Continuing Medical Education approve this program for 1.00 hour of AOA Category 2B CME credits. Approval is currently pending.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.00 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

The University of North Texas Health Science Center presents this activity for educational purposes only. Participants are expected to utilize their own expertise and judgment while engaged in the practice of medicine. The content of the presentations is provided solely by presenters who have been selected for presentations because of recognized expertise in their field.

ACGME Competencies

  • Medical knowledge

IOM Competencies

  • Employ evidence-based practice


UNT Health Science Center is accredited by Texas Physical Therapy Association, Provider 1810035TX. This activity is approved for 1.00 CCU for PTs and PTAs.

For successful completion, a participant must attend the program, complete the evaluation, and request credit online at conclusion of the activity.

The assignment of Texas PT CCUs does not imply endorsement of specific course content, products, or clinical procedures by TPTA or TBPTE.

Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Marks discloses he receives research support from Santhera. Dr. Marks is on the Ad Boards for Marathon, Sarepta and Biogen. Dr. Marks is on the Biogen Speaker's Board. The UNT Health Science Center INCEDO Staff has nothing to disclose.


In collaboration with UNT Health Department of Pediatrics.