Journal article

Are results after single-event multilevel surgery in cerebral palsy durable?

Erich Rutz, Richard Baker, Oren Tirosh, Reinald Brunner

Clin Orthop Relat Res | Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer Health) | Published : 2013


BACKGROUND: Gait and function may deteriorate with time in patients with spastic diplegia. Single-event multilevel surgery often is performed to either improve gait or prevent deterioration. However it is unclear whether the presumed gait improvements are durable. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: We therefore determined whether (1) single-event multilevel surgery improves gait in patients with spastic diplegia and (2) whether the improved function is durable. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the data of 14 patients with spastic diplegia. At the time of surgery, one patient had gross motor Level I function, 10 patients had Level II function, and three patients had Level III function. There were four f..

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