Surgery Helps Children With Spastic Cerebral Palsy
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) is a surgical procedure used to treat spasticity in some children with spastic cerebral palsy. Researchers at the Montreal Children's Hospital and Shriners Hospitals for Children in Canada have found that, in the majority of children with spastic cerebral palsy, the benefits of SDR last throughout adolescence and into early adulthood.
An examination of the McGill University Rhizotomy Database led researchers to identify 102 children with spastic CP who underwent SDR between the ages of 3 and 10 years. In evaluating data following selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) in these children, the researchers found statistically significant improvements in lower-limb muscle tone, gross motor function, and the ability to perform activities of daily living in the majority of patients. These improvements were durable, lasting throughout adolescence and into early adulthood.
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SOURCE: Journal of Neurosurgery: Pediatrics, May 2013
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