Selective posterior rhizotomy for the treatment of spasticity: a review

Rick Abbott, Sandra L. Forem, Marjorie Johann

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The use of sensory rhizotomy has long been used for the treatment of spasticity. This review outlines the historical development of this treatment, the current surgical technique, and its physiologic rationale. Patient selection, postoperative treatment, and complications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)337-346
Number of pages10
JournalChild's Nervous System
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 1989
Externally publishedYes


  • Cerebral palsy
  • Rhizotomy
  • Spasticity
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Clinical Neurology


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