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Amyoplasia: a case report of an old woman.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  23033810     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Abstract/OtherAbstract:
PURPOSE: Little information exists about the long-term outcome of amyoplasia. In this article, a case report of a 93-year old woman is presented including both the development of the physical limitations and coping strategies.
METHOD: The medical records, physical examinations and personal interviews during the last 10 years, autobiographical essays and personal photographs were included.
RESULTS: Eleven surgical procedures were performed during childhood and ten during adulthood. Ambulation without aids was possible up to the age of 37 years. Thereafter, the muscular force declined gradually, first in the legs and later in the arms. Musculoskeletal pain decreased during ageing. There was an increasing demand to use technical aids. Seniority brought about several diseases, which complicated the quality of life. The woman stayed 32 years of her life in work.
CONCLUSIONS: A high age can be achieved with amyoplasia although the disability increases due to a gradual deterioration of muscular force. The personal experiences of the woman suggest that her active and creative attitude towards her disability may have contributed to the quality of her life. This may encourage people with amyoplasia and their care givers.
IMPLICATIONS FOR REHABILITATION: • There are no data about ageing and life-long prognosis of amyoplasia. • Severe physical limitations in amyoplasia are compatible with a long and meaningful life. • Muscular force decreases during adult life. Therefore, a potential risk of overtraining should be considered.
Authors:
Gunnar Riemer; Unni Steen
Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article     Date:  2012-10-04
Journal Detail:
Title:  Disability and rehabilitation     Volume:  35     ISSN:  1464-5165     ISO Abbreviation:  Disabil Rehabil     Publication Date:  2013 Jun 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-05-06     Completed Date:  2013-09-26     Revised Date:  2013-11-06    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9207179     Medline TA:  Disabil Rehabil     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  950-8     Citation Subset:  IM    
Affiliation:
Asklepios Fachklinikum Lübben, Kinder und Jugendpsychiatrie, Lübben, Germanya. g.riemer@asklepios.com
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MeSH Terms
Descriptor/Qualifier:
Activities of Daily Living
Adaptation, Psychological*
Aged, 80 and over
Aging
Arthrogryposis / psychology*
Female
Humans
Quality of Life*
Time Factors

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