Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Brief Clinical Note

A case of spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy with improved walking ability following gait training using the hybrid assistive limb (HAL)

Daisuke Mizui, M.D.1), Yoshiyuki Nakai, M.D.1), Hiroaki Okada, M.D.1), Masahiro Kanai, M.D.1) and Keiji Yamaguchi, M.D., Ph.D.1)

1)Department of Neurology, Ichinomiya-Nishi Hospital

A 64-year-old man was diagnosed with spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy (SBMA) in 2014, and began gait training with the hybrid assistive limb (HAL) in 2017. We conducted 2 courses of HAL-based gait training and temporary improvement was confirmed both before and after intervention based on evaluation of the 2-minute walking distance, walking speed, and the Timed Up and Go test. HAL-based gait training may be effective for improving and maintaining walking ability in SBMA. However, long-term observation of this patient will be performed.
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Walking speed test.
Above: before HAL-based gait training.
Below: after HAL-based gait training.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 59: 157|159, 2019)
key words: spinal and bulbar muscular atrophy, hybrid assistive limb, robot, gait training

(Received: 7-Sep-18)