The Outcomes of an Individualized Physical Therapy Program in CALFAN Syndrome: A Case Report

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Pediatr Phys Ther. 2022 May 25. doi: 10.1097/PEP.0000000000000903. Online ahead of print.

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE: This case report investigated the effectiveness of an individualized physical therapy program in CALFAN syndrome.

CASE DESCRIPTION: A 13-year-old girl participated in physical therapy, which included trunk stabilization, balance training, and functional exercises for 12 weeks.

ASSESSMENTS: The International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale; Trunk Impairment Scale; Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory; Functional Independence Measure for Children; Quick Disability of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Questionnaire; 9-Hole Peg Test; and Cobb measurement were used as outcome measures.

RESULTS: Positive changes were observed in the International Cooperative Ataxia Rating Scale; Quick Disability of the Arm, Shoulder, and Hand Questionnaire; Pediatric Quality of Life Inventory; Trunk Impairment Scale; Functional Independence Measure; and the 9-Hole Peg Test. The Cobb angle was increased by 2° in the thoracic region and reduced by 11° in the lumbar region.

CONCLUSIONS: Physical therapy improved quality of life, functional independence, trunk control, and upper extremity performance.

WHAT THIS ADDS TO EVIDENCE: This case report is the first to support the effectiveness of physical therapy for a child with CALFAN syndrome.

PMID:35616485 | DOI:10.1097/PEP.0000000000000903