Thierry Deltombe

Spasticity treatment and Rehabilitation

Prof. Thierry Deltombe MD, PhD

CHU UCL Namur, Site Godinne, Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine Department

Member of the Institute Of NeuroScience (IONS), UCLouvain

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Expertise and research interests

Prof. Thierry Deltombe is head of the Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation department at the CHU UCL Namur (site Godinne). He is an active member of the Belgian PM&R board and of the European Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine.

He is leading an interdisciplinary team devoted to the spasticity treatment. The group relies on a close collaboration between the departments of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Neurosurgery, Orthopaedic surgery, Anesthesiology and Neurology.

Their research focuses on spasticity assessement (diagnostic nerve block) and treatments (botulinum toxin and neurotomy).

Research projects

  • A randomized controlled trial of neuro-orthopaedic surgery versus botulinum toxin for spastic upper limb after stroke. Clinical trial by Deltombe T, Amon R, Leeuwerck M,
    Gustin T.
  • Survey of physician use of adjunct therapies following toxin administration for limb spasticity. Clinical trial by Deltombe T, Ashford S, Bayle N, Chemello E, Ip A, Jacinto J, Nayar M, Schillebeeckx F, Schinwelski M, Suzigan E, Teixeira J, Mills P.
  • Etude PATTERN (multi-Pattern TreaTment of uppEr and lower limb with iNcobotulinumtoxinA Prospective randomized, double-blind, placebocontrolled, multicenter study to investigate the efficacy and safety of NT 201 in the treatment of lower limb spasticity caused by stroke or traumatic brain injury in adult subjects, followed by an open label extension with or without combined upper limb treatment. Clinical trial by Deltombe T, Leeuwerck M, Gillain T.

Selected publications

Fostier M, Gustin T, Deltombe T. Case Study of Intrathecal Baclofen Pump Motor Shutdown Secondary to the Effect of the Magnetic Field Created by a Personal Digital Tablet and Magnetic Cover. Am J Phys Med Rehabil. 2023 Dec 1;102(12):e160-e161.

Lamora JP, Deltombe T, Gustin T. Effects of Diagnostic Tibial Nerve Block and Selective Tibial Nerve Neurotomy on Spasticity and Spastic co-contractions: A Retrospective Observational Study. J Rehabil Med. 2023 Jun 12;55:jrm4850.

Nguyen V, Bollens B, Moyaux Z, Deltombe T. Spontaneous non-traumatic hip dislocation in patients with stroke. BMJ Case Rep. 2022 Jul 11;15(7):e249549.

Schillebeeckx F, Mills PB, Ip A, Schinwelski M, Teixeira JEM, Ashford S, Bayle N, Chemello E, Jacinto J, Nayar M, Suzigan E, Deltombe T. Worldwide Survey of Clinician Practice on use of Adjunctive Therapies Following Botulinum Toxin Injection for Spasticity. J Rehabil Med. 2022 Sep 19;54:jrm00320. doi: 10.2340/jrm.v54.334. PMID: 35801863; PMCID: PMC9511365.

Deltombe T, Leeuwerck M, Jamart J, Frederick A, Dellicour G. Gait improvement in adults with hemiparesis using a rolling cane: A cross-over trial. J Rehabil Med. 2020 Jul 29;52(7):jrm00078.

Goffin N, Nguyen V, Fostier M, Gustin T, Deltombe T. Serotonin Syndrome Mimicking Intrathecal Baclofen Withdrawal in a Patient with Hereditary Spastic Paraparesis. J Rehabil Med Clin Commun. 2020 Jan 21;3:1000026.

Deltombe T, Lejeune T, Gustin T. Botulinum toxin type A or selective neurotomy for treating focal spastic muscle overactivity? Ann Phys Rehabil Med. 2019 Jul;62(4):220-224.

Deltombe T, Gilliaux M, Peret F, Leeuwerck M, Wautier D, Hanson P, Gustin T. Effect of the neuro-orthopedic surgery for spastic equinovarus foot after stroke: a prospective longitudinal study based on a goal-centered approach. Eur J Phys Rehabil Med. 2018 Dec;54(6):853-859.

Deltombe T, Wautier D, De Cloedt P, Fostier M, Gustin T. Assessment and treatment of spastic equinovarus foot after stroke: Guidance from the Mont-Godinne interdisciplinary group. J Rehabil Med. 2017 Jun 28;49(6):461-468.

Deltombe T, Bleyenheuft C, Gustin T. Comparison between tibial nerve block with anaesthetics and neurotomy in hemiplegic adults with spastic equinovarus foot. Ann Phys Rehabil Med. 2015 Apr;58(2):54-9.

Bollens B, Gustin T, Stoquart G, Detrembleur C, Lejeune T, Deltombe T. A randomized controlled trial of selective neurotomy versus botulinum toxin for spastic equinovarus foot after stroke. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2013 Oct;27(8):695-703.