Convexity of Scoliosis Related to Handedness in Identical Twin Boys With Duchenne's Muscular Dystrophy: A Case Report

Bryan C. Werner, Andrew J. Skalsky, Craig M McDonald, Jay J. Han

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Abstract

Werner BC, Skalsky AJ, McDonald CM, Han JJ. Convexity of scoliosis related to handedness in identical twin boys with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy: a case report. The interplay between hand dominance and directionality of scoliosis in boys with Duchenne's muscular dystrophy (DMD) is not clearly defined. We describe an extremely rare presentation of monozygotic twin boys with DMD and opposing hand dominance who developed major spine curvature with opposite convexities. The unique clinical presentation of progressive neuromuscular disease and scoliosis in monozygotic twins should allow for a unique evaluation of some of the contributory factors associated with the development of neuromuscular scoliosis in DMD. In this case report, we explore the pathophysiology involved in neuromuscular scoliosis, examine the role of conservative, surgical, and medical treatments, and discuss potential future avenues of research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2021-2024
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation
Volume89
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • Case report
  • Handedness
  • Muscular dystrophy, Duchenne
  • Neuromuscular diseases
  • Rehabilitation
  • Scoliosis
  • Twins, monozygotic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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