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February 1954

TRICEPS SURAE SYNDROME IN CEREBRAL PALSYAn Operation to Aid in Its Relief

Author Affiliations

DURHAM, N. C.
From the North Carolina Cerebral Palsy Hospital, and the Orthopaedic Division of the Department of Surgery, Duke University School of Medicine.

AMA Arch Surg. 1954;68(2):216-221. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1954.01260050218009
Abstract

THE PURPOSE of this paper is threefold: first, to stimulate interest and to reevaluate the over-all problem and the need of early surgery in the care of the cerebral palsied child; second, to discuss the various functional disturbances associated with the spastic or tense triceps surae muscle, and third, to describe a surgical procedure directed at restoring control of the function of this muscle and correction of some of the bizarre deformities resulting from its involvement.

During the past decade or more, repeated emphasis on so-called conservative therapy has overshadowed the surgical needs of the patients afflicted with cerebral palsy. During this period, with the exception of McCarroll's instructional course papers,1 there has been little written on surgery in these children, and no satisfactory operative procedures worthy of the name new has been described. This apparent lack of attention on the part of the orthopedists to a universal problem

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