The Orthopedic Treatment of Patients with Apallic Syndrome

  • K. Zhuber
  • M. Salzer
  • F. Gerstenbrand
Part of the Monographien aus dem Gesamtgebiete der Psychiatrie book series (PSYCHIATRIE, volume 14)

Abstract

Most patients with an apallic syndrome show a characteristic disorder of motor functions which is manifested in an increase of muscle tone and a disorder of body posture, corresponding to the midbrain posture. The upper extremities are thus adducted in the shoulder and flexed in the elbow, while the hand is in a fist position. The lower extremities show a slight flexion of the hip and knee joint, as well as plantar flexion of the feet. But sometimes variations are found that are caused by a lateralization of the midbrain lesion. This again causes an asymmetric posture of the joints, whereby the hip joints are not only flexed but also adducted in one joint and abducted in the other.

Keywords

Adduct Resis Meningitis Poliomyelitis Myelitis 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1977

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  • K. Zhuber
  • M. Salzer
  • F. Gerstenbrand

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