Closed Neural Tube Defects: Neurologic, Orthopedic, and Gait Outcomes
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PURPOSE: The purpose of our study was to obtain a clear understanding of the various diagnoses within the closed neural tube defect (NTD) groups included in the large database of clients in our Spina Bifida Clinic and a clear picture of the outcomes for the various NTD groups. METHODS: One hundred and four clients with closed NTD were categorized using a classification system devised by Tortori-Donati et al. Various clinical markers were investigated, including ambulation and the need for orthoses and wheelchairs. RESULTS: Most clients are ambulatory, requiring an orthoses, but not a wheelchair, despite the high incidence of ankle/foot abnormalities. CONCLUSIONS: This classification system has enhanced our knowledge of this group of clients, provided a greater understanding of the varied outcomes of these children and clinical management required.
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