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Article
May 1972

Equinocavovarus in Muscular DystrophyIts Treatment by Percutaneous Tarsal Medullostomy and Soft Tissue Release

Author Affiliations

Chicago
From the departments of orthopaedic surgery, University of Illinois and Strauss Surgical Group Association, Louis A. Weiss Memorial Hospital, Chicago.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(5):644-646. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180050020005
Abstract

Talipes equinocavovarus is a late deformity in progressive muscular dystrophy. This condition occurs secondary to selected weakening and contracture of foot musculature, augmented by tarsal deformity, and eventually prohibits standing and walking. Percutaneous tarsal medullostomy with soft tissue release has been successfully employed in the treatment of four such patients (seven feet). All were male patients, ranging in age from 9 to 13 years. Follow-up has been from 27 to 44 months postoperatively. All patients are currently ambulatory without recurrence of deformity. This program has enabled them to maintain independent pain-free ambulation and has significantly delayed confinement to a wheelchair with its accompanying inexorable downhill course.

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