Reference : Case report of isolated rectus femoris atrophy
Scientific congresses and symposiums : Paper published in a journal
Human health sciences : Orthopedics, rehabilitation & sports medicine
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/1995
Case report of isolated rectus femoris atrophy
English
Kaux, Jean-François mailto [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences de la motricité > Médecine physique et réadaptation fonctionnelle >]
Wang, François [Université de Liège - ULg > Services généraux (Faculté de médecine) > Relations académiques et scientifiques (Médecine) >]
Kurth, Isabelle [Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Liège - CHU > > Médecine de l'appareil locomoteur >]
Crielaard, Jean-Michel [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences de la motricité > Evaluation et entraînement des aptitudes physiques - Médecine physique et réadaptation fonctionnelle >]
Croisier, Jean-Louis [Université de Liège - ULg > Département des sciences de la motricité > Kinésithérapie générale et réadaptation >]
Jun-2008
Journal of Rehabilitation Medicine Supplement
Taylor & Francis Ltd
Yes (verified by ORBi)
No
International
1650-1969
16th European Congress of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
du 3 juin au 6 juin 2008
European Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (ESPRM) and the Royal Belgian Society of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (RBSPRM)
Brugge
Belgium
[en] Isolated atrophy ; Rectus femoris ; Isokinetic
[en] Introduction: Non-traumatic neuromuscular lesions of only one muscular portion of the quadriceps
are rare and poorly described in literature.
Aim: The goal of our study was to investigate the possible causes of this pathology and to
objectively quantify the functional consequences of this isolated atrophy from the rectus femoris on
the total muscular performances of the quadriceps.
Patient and Method: A male patient, 44 years old, presented an isolated atrophy of the right rectus
femoris without pain nor history of previous traumatic event. He reported occasional paraesthesias
on anterior right thigh. Electromyographic exploration of the lower limbs, imagery (echography and
MRI) and isokinetic test were undertaken by the patient.
Results: Imagery explorations showed the atrophy of the right rectus femoris combined with fatty
degeneration but this exam did not allow determining the actual etiology. Therefore, a precise
diagnosis was not allowed, even if the EMG confirmed the presence of important signs of specific
and isolated denervation only in the right rectus femoris. The isokinetic test, performed in the
classical sitting position, highlighted symmetrical performances for flexors of the knee and a
moderately decrease in the right concentric quadriceps torque (-10%). A complementary isokinetic
assessment, in a lying supine position, demonstrated a more marked deficit of this right quadriceps
(higher than -30%).
Conclusion: No precise etiology was shown for this isolated atrophy of the right rectus femoris.
Nevertheless, we brought back the importance to lay the patient in a lying supine position in order
to preferentially investigate the rectus femoris performances through an isokinetic test.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/1995

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