Rehabilitation after brain tumour removal in a two-year follow-up – a case report

1 Oddział Rehabilitacji Neurologicznej, III Szpital Miejski im. dr. K. Jonschera, Łódź, Polska
2 Oddział Neurologii, Wielospecjalistyczny Szpital Miejski im. dr. E. Warmińskiego, Bydgoszcz, Polska
3 Zakład Medycyny Fizykalnej, Katedra Rehabilitacji, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, Łódź, Polska
Adres do korespondencji: Elżbieta Miller, Zakład Medycyny Fizykalnej, Uniwersytet Medyczny w Łodzi, pl. Hallera 1, 90-647 Łódź, e-mail: elzbieta.dorota.miller@umed.lodz.pl

Aktualn Neurol 2016, 16 (1), p. 50–52
DOI: 10.15557/AN.2016.0007
ABSTRACT

Introduction: Brain tumours account for 2% of malignancies in Poland. Comprehensive rehabilitation is essential for regaining psychomotor aptitude following tumour removal. Case report: We present a clinical case of a patient having undergone the removal of a brain tumour (papilloma plexus choroidei) located in the area of the cerebellopontine angle and the 4th ventricle of the brain. The patient went through a 1-month structured rehabilitation programme at the Neurological Rehabilitation Department. Methods: The following tools were used to assess the effectiveness of the treatment: Barthel Index of Activities of Daily Living (Barthel ADL), Rankin, Lovett, Montreal Cognitive Assessment and Beck Depression Inventory scales. Results: First and foremost, the patient’s ability to carry out daily self-care activities improved. She became fully self-reliant within two years (Barthel ADL 12 versus 20). Conclusions: Cases similar to the one discussed here require long-term rehabilitation that may ultimately facilitate significant functional improvement.

Keywords: brain tumour, rehabilitation, functional status, quality of life