Relationship between acquired spastic talipes equinovarus and dystonia musculorum deformans

Randal R. Betz, Howard H. Steel, Edward A. Millar, Michael Clancy

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Acquired spastic talipes equinovarus associated with dystonia musculorum deformans (DMD) presents orthopaedic surgeons with a difficult treatment problem. We reviewed the natural history, diagnostic evaluation, and treatment of this deformity in 12 patients. Two patients initially had the generalized form of dystonia, and 10 patients had the focal form (in which acquired spastic talipes equinovarus was the only manifestation). With time, five of these 10 developed the generalized form. A positive family history and age <14 years at onset were prognostic of this progression.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-19
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1993
Externally publishedYes


  • Acquired spastic talipes equinovarus
  • Dystonia musculorum deformans


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