Modifications to the traditional description of neurosegmental innervation in myelomeningocele

Craig M McDonald, K. M. Jaffe, D. B. Shurtleff, M. B. Menelaus

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The consistency between patterns of lower-limb muscle strengths in children with myelomeningocele and Sharrard's classic description of segmental innervation was examined in 291 patients. Although it has been assumed that medial hamstring innervation was from a similar neurosegmental level as gluteus medius, and gluteus maximus was from a similar level as gastrocnemius-soleus, the authors found that medial hamstring strength more frequently correlated with iliopsoas and quadriceps, and glutei with anterior tibialis. It is proposed that children with myelomeningocele be grouped according to specific muscle strength rather than by neurosegmental level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)473-481
Number of pages9
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1991
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Neuroscience(all)


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