Eliana Rodillo

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We reviewed the incidence and severity of scoliosis in 37 patients with the intermediate type and 26 with the mild type of spinal muscular atrophy. In the intermediate type, scoliosis has an early onset and rapid progression before puberty, and a spinal fusion will be needed in virtually all cases. This rapid progression occurred despite routine use of a(More)
Cloned cDNA sequences representing exons from the Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy (DMD/BMD) gene were used for deletion screening in a population of 287 males males affected with DMD or BMD. The clinical phenotypes of affected boys were classified into three clinical severity groups based on the age at which ambulation was lost. Boys in group 1 had DMD,(More)
Ultrasound imaging allows detection of pathologic change in muscle on the basis of increased strength of echoes. With current commercial equipment, however, there is no method of quantitation of the echoes representing muscle, and there is lack of uniformity in scanning methodology. We describe a specially constructed scanning system, designed to access the(More)
We performed a randomized controlled trial of early surgical treatment of contractures in 20 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy, age 4-6 yr. Surgery consisted of release of hip flexors, removal of iliotibial bands, and lengthening of tendo Achilles bilaterally. All patients were monitored for at least 12 months post-randomization, and assessed(More)
Ten females presenting with muscle weakness and a raised serum creatine kinase revealed abnormalities in the expression of dystrophin in their muscle biopsies and were diagnosed as manifesting carriers of Xp21 Duchenne/Becker muscular dystrophy. Seven cases, aged 3-22 yr at the time of biopsy, had a variable proportion of dystrophin-deficient fibres and an(More)
Dystrophin, the protein product of the Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) gene, was studied in needle biopsy samples taken from the quadriceps muscle of 15 asymptomatic carriers of DMD (13 adults and 2 young girls) and one symptomatic adult carrier. Antibodies to N- and C-terminal regions of dystrophin were used for both Western blot analysis and(More)
We reviewed the incidence and severity of scoliosis in 93 boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy who had been rehabilitated in light-weight knee-ankle-foot orthoses at the point of loss of ambulation, between the ages of 6 and 12 years. There was an inverse relationship between the severity of the scoliosis and the age walking was lost in the orthoses. The(More)
Two cases of continuous muscle fibre activity in infancy are reported. Both infants were severely affected and died from respiratory failure. Treatment with phenytoin and carbamazepine produced only temporary improvement. Electrophysiological and pharmacological evidence suggests that the site of the lesion in infancy, as in older patients, is in the(More)
In the absence of any effective drug treatment, physical methods of management are still the mainstay of treatment. Our current practice in Duchenne muscular dystrophy is to provide lightweight knee-ankle-foot orthoses at the time of loss of ambulation. This prolongs independent walking for an average of two years, and has the effect of delaying the onset(More)