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BOTULINUM TOXIN TYPE-A FOR THE MANAGEMENT OF THE UPPER LIMB SPASTICITY IN STROKE PATIENTS.

Tasiopoulos N, Zikopoulos K, Sivetidou S.

"ANAPLASI" REHABILITATION CENTER, ATHENS, GREECE.

INTRODUCTION

Spasticity is a very common problem met during the process of a therapeutic rehabilitation program for stroke patients. When localized in lower limbs, spasticity interferes with gait, ambulation, transfers, hygiene, urination and defecation and leads to adoption of bad body postures. When affecting upper limbs it may result in hand deformities, in poor motor improvement, in a decrease of the normal range of motion of the ipsilateral shoulder. Furthermore, spasticity interferes with the therapeutic interventions of the physical and occupational therapists and results in a decreased ability to perform activities of daily living, especially hygiene and dressing.

AIM

To evaluate the therapeutic effect of botulinum toxin type-A (Dysport) on the spasticity of the upper limb of hemiplegic patients, following a rehabilitation program, on an outpatient basis.

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