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A Journal on Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation after Pathological Events

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Europa Medicophysica 2004 December;40(4):277-83

language: English

Usefulness of gait analysis for rehabilitation and follow-up in a patient with neurolupus. A case report

Africa A. 1, De Filippis L. 2, Caliri A. 2, Romano C. 2, Bocchino L. 2, Forgione C. 1, S. Morgante S. 2, Balestrieri A. M. 1, Africa E. 3, Furfari P. 1, Bagnato G. 2

1 Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli Hospital, Reggio Calabria, Italy
2 Department of Rheumatology G. Martino University Hospital, Messina, Italy
3 Radiology Unit Sacro Cuore Catholic University, Rome, Italy


Neuropsychiatric symptoms are very common in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and can lead to a severe impairment of quality of life. Among neurological manifestations of SLE, altered gait patterns are common but usually not studied. Gait analysis allows us to evaluate the patients’ skills, and in this way to plan a specific therapeutic-rehabilitative intervention. We describe the gait pattern of a patient with neurolupus, whose gait was characterized by a diminished propulsion capacity, a diminished load acceptance, a diminished progression of the pressure centre in a posterior-anterior sense, a diminished myoelectric activity in the swing and stence phases. We suggest that gait analysis may be a sensitive indicator of cerebral dysfunction and can be also an useful tool for the follow up of patients with neuropsychiatric SLE.

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