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Brian T. Swanson



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Glioblastoma is a malignant brain tumor, often found in the cerebellum. From 2005-2009 there were 109,605 incidences of malignant brain tumors reported in the united states. Specific incidence rates for malignant brain tumors ranged from 5.8 to 11.70 per 100,000 adults 20 years or older. Stage IV is the most rapidly growing and invasive glioblastoma and most common adult neoplasm usually affecting people in the 5th or 6th decade of life. Treatment of glioblastoma frequently involves surgery to excise the tumor followed by radiation therapy. Similar to the growing malignancy these treatments often cause further progressive and even rapid neurological impairments due to their toxic nature. Despite the high rate of neurological and functional impairments in patients affected by brain tumors, there is not a well established rehabilitation treatment for these patients. The purpose of this case report is to provide an overview of the specific physical therapy management strategies used during an in-patient rehabilitation stay for a patient with a diagnosis of stage IV glioblastoma.

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The Effects Of Specific Training On Balance And Ambulation In A Patient With Stage IV Glioblastoma: A Case Report



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