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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 7-9

Quantitative gait analysis following hemispherotomy for Rasmussen's encephalitis

1 Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India
2 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

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Roy Thomas Daniel
Department of Neurological Sciences, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/1817-1745.31998

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Peri-insular hemispherotomy is a form of disconnective hemispherectomy involving complete disconnection of all ascending / descending and commisural connections of one hemisphere. We report a case of a seven and a half year old child with intractable epilepsy due to Rasmussen's encephalitis who underwent peri-insular hemispherotomy and achieved complete freedom from seizures. Quantitative gait analysis was used to describe the changes in the kinematic and kinetic parameters of gait with surface electromyographs 18 months after surgery. The focus of this paper is to highlight the utility of gait analysis following hemispherotomy with a view to directing postsurgical motor training and rehabilitation.


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