Recovery of tetanic contractility of denervated muscle: A step toward a walking aid for foot drop

A. Marcante, R. Zanato, M. Ferrero, S. Zampieri, H. Kern, R. Stramare, P. Gargiulo, U. Carraro, S. Masiero

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This is a single case report about the possibility to recover tetanic contractility in a peripherally denervated and atrophic tibialis anterior muscle (TA). We performed a first electrostimulation test (ET1) to assess the muscular reactivity to electrical stimulation and measured TA thickness by US. Based on the parameters obtained during ET1, we suggested home-based surface electrostimulation training for 2 months and then we performed a second electrostimulation test (ET2). In ET2 there was an evident reduction of the impulse length necessary to evoke a twitch response, reflecting the fact that there was a recovered excitability of the muscle. Lowering duration of the impulse it could possible to use a higher frequency of stimulation to obtain tetanic contractility, that could represent the best muscular training to avoid atrophy and to use electrical stimulation as walking aid in peripheral denervation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalBiomedizinische Technik
Issue numberSUPPL. 1 TRACK-A
Publication statusPublished - Aug 20 2013


  • Denervated muscle
  • Echomyography
  • Electrostimulation
  • Peripheral denervation
  • Walking-aid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biomedical Engineering


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