Cerebellar transcranial direct current stimulation in children with ataxic cerebral palsy: A sham-controlled, crossover, pilot study
Collange Grecco, Luanda Andre
Oliveira, Claudia Santos
Carvalho Duarte, Natalia de Almeida
Lima, Vania Lucia Costa de Carvalho [UNIFESP]
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Objective: The aim of the present study was to analyze the use of anodal tDCS of the cerebellar region combined with treadmill training to improve balance and functional performance in children with ataxic cerebral palsy. Design: Single-blind, sham-controlled, crossover, pilot study. Setting: Rehabilitation center and research motion analysis laboratory. Participants: Children (N = 6) with ataxic cerebral palsy and balance deficit. Main Outcome Measures: Static balance (oscillations of the center of pressure), functional balance (Pediatric Balance Scale) and functional performance (Pediatric Evaluation of Disability Inventory) were evaluated. Results: Significant reductions occurred in oscillations of the center of pressure with eyes closed after active anodal tDCS only. The effects of treadmill training on functional balance and functional performance in mobility were maintained in the active tDCS group only. Conclusion: These preliminary data support the notion that anodal tDCS of the cerebellar region combined with treadmill training improves balance in children with ataxic cerebral palsy.
CitationDevelopmental Neurorehabilitation. Philadelphia, v. 20, n. 3, p. 142-148, 2017.
SponsorshipConselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico (CNPq)
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior (CAPES)
Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo (FAPESP)
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