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Robotic biomarkers in RETT Syndrome: Evaluating stiffness

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© 2016 IEEE.We are currently investigating the ability of robotic tools to assess arm, wrist, and ankle movement in persons with RETT Syndrome who otherwise are non-responsive. In this paper, we present a case study involving 3 young women with RETT at an outpatient rehabilitation setting. The three subjects were evaluated bilaterally at the arm (shoulder-elbow), forearm, wrist, and ankle with different robots normally used to deliver therapy to stroke patients. Clinical and robotic evaluation took place on two different days within a week. We employed the Modified Ashworth Scale (MAS) and robotic-mediated quasi-stiffness estimates. This preliminary study indicates that persons with RETT syndrome tolerated the evaluation and that a robotic biomarker might be a useful clinical tool to determine the impact of medical interventions in these youngsters.

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Author(s): Krebs HI, Peltz AR, Berkowe J, Angacian G, Cortes M, Edwards D

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: IEEE RAS and EMBS International Conference on Biomedical Robotics and Biomechatronics

Year of Conference: 2016

Pages: 680-684

Online publication date: 28/07/2016

Acceptance date: 02/04/2016

Publisher: IEEE Computer Society


DOI: 10.1109/BIOROB.2016.7523704

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ISBN: 9781509032877