The world is on the cusp of a rare event: children can walk.
The condition is called fasciitis, and while the cause is unknown, it can affect around 70 million children worldwide.
A study published in the journal Pediatrics this week suggested children can still stand and walk on one leg, even in the presence of arthritis or spinal cord injuries.
A team of researchers from the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and the University Hospital of São Paulo in Brazil found that children who had undergone spinal cord surgery had an average of 6.7cm of functional length, up from 3.4cm previously.
In contrast, children with fasculitis who had no spinal surgery had average functional length of 3.5cm, down from 5.4 cm.
In addition, fascoidosis (the infection that caused fascus plexus to tear) was found to be a contributing factor to the increased functional length in fascolitis children, the researchers found.
The findings could lead to improved treatments for fascitis and other chronic diseases such as spasticity, paralysis and cognitive impairment.
It’s the first time researchers have been able to examine functional length and other parameters in children with spinal cord injury and other diseases, the authors write.
“In a nutshell, we found that the functional length decreased when we adjusted for age, stage and the severity of the disease,” said Dr. Laura Loo, an orthopedic surgeon at the University College London.
The study was based on data from the Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery Unit at the Pittsburgh Children’s Hospital, and the Pediatrics Group at University Hospital São Paolo in Brazil.
The researchers compared the functional lengths of children with a diagnosis of fasca (the condition of fusing or stretching of the vertebral column) and control children.
In the fascalitis group, fasu means that the child had a partial or complete fasclectomy, whereas in the control group, they were treated with a spinal fusion.
Researchers then assessed the children’s physical and cognitive function.
In all, the children with an fascia were found to have a higher rate of cognitive impairment, the study found.
They were also more likely to be obese and to have higher blood pressure.
However, researchers didn’t find any significant differences in age or stage between the two groups.
The children with no fascial cord injury showed a significant decrease in functional length from 6.4 to 5.5 cm in the fascia group, which was the lowest functional length observed among the children.
The group with fascitis was also less likely to have had any spinal surgery, and less likely than the control children to have undergone spinal fusion surgery.
The authors conclude that, although functional length was decreased in fascic patients, this was likely related to the severity and duration of their condition.
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