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Child's Nervous System

, Volume 16, Issue 7, pp 437–440 | Cite as

Frontal head posture in shunt-treated hydrocephalic patients

  • P. Athussaki
  • I. Zepa
  • J. Huggare
  • W. Serlo
  • P. Pirttiniemi
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Abstract 

Objects: The aim of this study was to evaluate frontal head posture in shunt-treated hydrocephalic patients and its relation to the sidedness of the shunt device. Methods: Natural head position and frontal cephalograms of 55 shunt-treated Finnish hydrocephalic patients and 33 healthy Finnish subjects were analysed using a computerised digitising program (X-METRIX). The following reference angles were used: ORB/HOR, indicating the head position related to the true horizontal; CER/VER, indicating the cervical position related to the true vertical; and CER/CR, indicating the craniocervical position. Conclusions: The results showed an increased skewness of the head in the shunt-treated subjects, which was not related to the shunt side.

Keywords Head posture Hydrocephalus Shunt treatment 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2000

Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Athussaki
    • 1
  • I. Zepa
    • 1
  • J. Huggare
    • 1
  • W. Serlo
    • 2
  • P. Pirttiniemi
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthodontics, Institute of Odontology, Karolinska Institutet, Box 4064, 14104 Huddinge, Sweden e-mail: Jan.Huggare@ofa.ki.se Tel.: +46-8-7288351 Fax: +46-8-7118343SE
  2. 2.Department of Paediatrics and Surgery, University of Oulu, Aapistie 3, 90220 Oulu, FinlandFI
  3. 3.Department of Oral Development and Orthodontics, Institute of Dentistry, University of Oulu, Aapistie 3, 90220 Oulu, FinlandFI

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