Balneo Research Journal (Dec 2020)

Benefits of robotic devices in medical rehabilitation of a case with neurofibromatosis type1

  • ANDRONIE-CIOARA Felicia Liana,
  • ȘEREȘ Daniela,
  • AVRAM GULER Natalia Loredana,
  • CEVEI Iulia,
  • OPREA Claudia,
  • STOICANESCU Alexandra Maria,
  • JIMAN SCURT Laura Crina,
  • GHERLE Anamaria

Journal volume & issue
Vol. 11, no. 4
pp. 569 – 573


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The term neurofibromatosis (NF) describes a group of genetic disorders that primarily affect the cell growth of neural tissues. Three clinically and genetically distinct forms of neurofibromatosis have been described: neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1), neurofibromatosis type 2 (NF2) and schwannomatosis. The inheritance pattern is autosomal dominant for all three types. We present the case of a 57 years old man, admitted to the Medical Rehabilitation Clinical Hospital Baile Felix, Romania, who was diagnosed with spastic tetraparesis, neurofibromatosis type 1, chronic viral hepatitis B and D, hypercholesterolemia, sarcopenia and osteoporosis. The objectives of the rehabilitation treatment were combating pain; preventing and correcting vicious postures at rest and during activity; maintaining or increasing joint mobility; increasing the mobility of the cervical and lumbar spine; decreasing spasticity; increasing strength of paralyzed muscles; improving motor control of paralyzed limbs; transfers re-education, gait re-education; improving breathing; improving ADLs; maintaining autonomy; gaining daily independence; prevention of recurrent complications and increasing the quality of life. The rehabilitation treatment was complex, performed over a period of 2 weeks and included various physiotherapy approaches, hydrokinetotherapy, massage, occupational therapy, robotic devices and virtual reality. It improved the patient's functional independence and quality of life. Innovations in information technology will refine and increase the efficiency, expertise and competence of medical rehabilitation, in order to ensure comfort for the patient and an appropriate and safe therapeutic approach.