Distal Rectus Femoris Transfer as a Part of Multilevel Surgery in Children With Spastic Diplegia (RectusTrans)

This study has been completed.
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Heidelberg University
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First received: June 21, 2011
Last updated: July 8, 2011
Last verified: January 2011
The purpose of this study is to evaluate the effects of an additional distal rectus femoris transfer carried out as a part of single-event multilevel surgery in children with spastic diplegic cerebral palsy.

Condition Intervention
Cerebral Palsy
Procedure: Distal rectus femoris transfer

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Distal Rectus Femoris Transfer as a Part of Multilevel Surgery in Children With Spastic Diplegia - a Randomized Clinical Trial

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Further study details as provided by Heidelberg University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Range of knee flexion in swing phase [ Time Frame: prior intervention (baseline) and 1 year post intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Peak knee flexion in swing phase [ Time Frame: prior to intervention (basline) and 1 year post intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 36
Study Start Date: June 2007
Study Completion Date: May 2011
Primary Completion Date: April 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Active Comparator: Distal rectus femoris transfer
Single-event multilevel surgery with a concomitant distal rectus femoris transfer
Procedure: Distal rectus femoris transfer
Transfer of the distal rectus femoris tendon to the semitendinosus tendon.
Other Names:
  • rectus tendon transfer
  • rectus femoris transfer
  • rectus transposition
No Intervention: No distal rectus femoris transfer
Single-event multilevel surgery without distal rectus femoris transfer


Ages Eligible for Study:   6 Years to 16 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • cerebral palsy
  • spastic diplegia
  • ambulatory
  • stiff knee gait

Exclusion Criteria:

  • relevant previous surgery at the legs
  • Botulinum-toxin-injections 6 months prior surgery
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01381198

Orthopaedic Department, University of Heidelberg
Heidelberg, Germany, 69118
Sponsors and Collaborators
Heidelberg University
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Additional publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Dr. Thomas Dreher, MD, Orthopaedic Department, Universitiy of Heidelberg
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01381198     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: RecRan271/2006 
Study First Received: June 21, 2011
Last Updated: July 8, 2011
Health Authority: Germany: Ethics Commission

Keywords provided by Heidelberg University:
cerebral palsy
distal rectus femoris transfer
stiff knee gait pattern
gait analysis
single event multilevel surgery
randomized trial
crouch gait

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Cerebral Palsy
Brain Damage, Chronic
Brain Diseases
Central Nervous System Diseases
Nervous System Diseases

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