Evaluation of Serial Casting for Boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy: A Case Report

Kate Carroll, Katy de Valle, Andrew Kornberg, Monique Ryan, Rachel Kennedy

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Abstract

Aim: To report the effects of below-knee serial casting in two boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy who presented with well-preserved strength and calf shortening. Methods: Bilateral below-knee serial casts were applied over two weeks with follow-up of daily stretching and wearing of customized night splints. Outcome measures were performed at baseline, 1, 3, 6, and 12 months post-casting. These included measures of calf length, leg strength, motor function, endurance, and spatio-temporal gait parameters. Results: Both boys completed serial casting with gains in muscle length. No adverse effects on strength or motor function were observed over a 12-month follow-up period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-96
Number of pages9
JournalPhysical and Occupational Therapy in Pediatrics
Volume38
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • calf muscle shortening
  • Duchenne muscular dystrophy
  • gait
  • motor function
  • serial casting

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