Eighteen patients with hip abductor paralysis owing to poliomyelitis underwent external oblique muscle transfer. Five male and 13 female patients with a mean age of 15 years 5 months (range, 10–23 years) with an average follow-up of 5 years (range, 2–11 years) were studied. An improvement in gait with decreased limp and swaying and increased ability to walk long distances was seen in 17 patients. Nine patients became free of their assistive ambulatory devices. Subjective improvement was observed in 16 patients (the improved appearance being the main element of satisfaction). According to a detailed scoring system, six excellent, six good, three fair, and three poor results were identified. There was very good correlation between the scoring system and the final outcome, making it a valuable predictive point system. The transfer was suitable for flail lower limb as well.
Study conducted at Nemazee Hospital, Shiraz, Iran
From Shiraz Medical University, Nemazee Hospital, Shiraz, and *Fatemieh Medical University, Qom, Iran.
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