Clinical Neuroscience

[Selective dorsal rhizotomy in the treatment of spasticity - Hungarian experiences ]

FEKETE Gábor, NOVÁK László, VEKERDY-NAGY Zsuzsanna, BOGNÁR László

MAY 30, 2016

Clinical Neuroscience - 2016;69(05-06)


[Objective - We summarize our initial experiences with selective dorsal rhizotomy that we introduced in Hungary to manage the spasticity of patients with cerebral palsy. Patients and methods - Thirty spastic patients were enrolled in our study. All of the patients were operated between July 2014 and June 2015. We performed selective dorsal rhizotomy from a single-level approach at the level of conus medullaris in all cases, with electrophysiological control. Results - We could perform the surgery in all cases safely. Adverse events related either to damage of neurological structures, or to surgery did not occur. The planned rehabilitation courses before and after the operations are in progress in all cases. Conclusion - Selective dorsal rhizotomy is an irreversible surgical intervention to treat spasticity. With sufficient experience and electrophysiological control it can be performed safely, and the early results are promising. ]



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