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


Yigit S., Albayrak H., Perk Yucel P., Usgu S., Yakut Y.

PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY, vol.34, no.3, pp.432-437, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 34 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1097/pep.0000000000000903
  • Journal Name: PEDIATRIC PHYSICAL THERAPY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, CINAHL, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Page Numbers: pp.432-437
  • Keywords: ataxia, CALFAN syndrome, disabilities, osteoporosis, rehabilitation, QUALITY-OF-LIFE, CEREBELLAR-ATAXIA, RELIABILITY, CHILDREN, SCALE
  • Ankara University Affiliated: Yes

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 degrees in the thoracic region and reduced by 11 degrees 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.