Effect of distal hamstring release on cerebral palsy patients

D. Atar, L. Zilberberg, M. Votemberg, M. Norsy, A. Galil

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Thirty patients had distal hamstring release with modified Green technique: 21 spastic diplegics, 8 spastic quadriplegics, and 1 spastic hemiplegic. The average age at the time of surgery was 6.9 years. The average follow-up was 2.5 years Average improvement of 40° in the popliteal angle was noted at follow-up. Twenty-three patients improved their gait pattern. Nine patients improved one level of walking ability. A popliteal angle over 50° was defined as recurrent. On the basis of this criterion, the recurrence rate was 12.5% (7/56 knees). In all recurrent cases, however, the tightness was less severe than preoperatively. Noncompliance on the part of parents was the chief reason for recurrence. Distal hamstring release is an effective procedure in treatment of cerebral palsy patients with flexion deformity.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)34-36
Number of pages3
JournalBulletin of the Hospital for Joint Disease (2013)
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 1993

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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