Effectiveness of selective dorsal rhizotomy in 2 patients with progressive spasticity due to neurodegenerative disease

Grunt, Sebastian; van der Knaap, Marjo S; van Ouwerkerk, Willem J R; Strijers, Rob L M; Becher, Jules G; Vermeulen, R Jeroen (2008). Effectiveness of selective dorsal rhizotomy in 2 patients with progressive spasticity due to neurodegenerative disease. Journal of child neurology, 23(7), pp. 818-22. Hamilton, Ontario: Decker 10.1177/0883073808316372

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Selective dorsal rhizotomy at the lumbar level is a neurosurgical procedure, which reduces spasticity in the legs. Its effect has mainly been studied in children with spastic cerebral palsy. Little is known about the outcome of selective dorsal rhizotomy in patients with neurodegenerative disorders. We report the clinical course after selective dorsal rhizotomy in 2 patients with progressive spasticity. Leg spasticity was effectively and persistently reduced in both patients, facilitating care and improving sitting comfort. However, spasticity of the arms and other motor disturbances, such as spontaneous extension spasms and the ataxia, increased gradually in time. Selective dorsal rhizotomy leads to a disappearance of leg spasticity in patients with a neurodegenerative disease. Other motor signs are not influenced and may increase due to the progressive nature of the underlying disease.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Further Contribution)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Gynaecology, Paediatrics and Endocrinology (DFKE) > Clinic of Paediatric Medicine

UniBE Contributor:

Grunt, Sebastian

ISSN:

0883-0738

ISBN:

18658081

Publisher:

Decker

Language:

English

Submitter:

Factscience Import

Date Deposited:

04 Oct 2013 15:03

Last Modified:

04 May 2014 23:19

Publisher DOI:

10.1177/0883073808316372

PubMed ID:

18658081

Web of Science ID:

000257929000018

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/27204 (FactScience: 104955)

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