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Functional Gains After Surgical Procedures In Spastic Upper Extremity: A Comparative Study Between Children And Adults

K. Malizos, A. Liantsis, S. Varitimidis, Z. Dailiana, Nikolaos Rigopoulos
Published 2010 · Medicine

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Thirty-four patients with spastic upper extremity secondary to cerebral palsy underwent operative treatment with bony and soft tissue procedures including osteotomies, capsulotomies tendon transfers, lengthening and releases. The follow-up ranged from 24 months to 9 years with a mean of 52 months. For the evaluation of the surgical outcome patients were classified into two age groups, one younger (4–14 years) and one older (15–34 years). All patients in both the groups presented with significant improvement postoperatively. Patients who were operated early (first group) had statistically better results in a series of tasks that were used for evaluation. We suggest early intervention with all necessary surgical steps which should be individualized depending on patient's situation and needs.
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