Indications for surgery to treat adults with harmful spasticity
Spasticity in adults may result from a variety of CNS diseases and is frequently associated with, or masked by symptoms such as dystonia, dyskinesia, motor weakness or sensory disturbances. To evaluate the exact role which spasticity is playing in a disability, there must be a quantitative description of not only the spasticity present, but also of the other motor and sensory disorders involved in the disability. There must also be a differentiation of spasticity which is hampering limb function versus spasticity which is being used to augment function (e.g. extensor spasticity in a paretic leg which allows weight bearing).
KeywordsSpinal Cord Stimulation Dorsal Column Knee Flexor Dorsal Rhizotomy Severe Spasticity
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