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Focal neuromyotonia: do I love you?


Gantenbein, A R; Wiederkehr, M; Meuli-Simmen, C; Schwegler, G (2010). Focal neuromyotonia: do I love you? Journal of Neurology, 257(10):1727-1729.

Abstract

We present a rare case of focal neuromyotonia in a 73-year-old woman with a follow up of 5 years. The clinical picture showed a fixed contraction of the 3rd and 4th finger of the left hand. Similar to other published cases, our patient suffered from COPD and was treated with beta-2-sympathomimetics. This clinical picture shows a rare but rather salient differential diagnosis of Dupuytren's contracture. EMG of the affected muscles may yield a diagnosis and prevent the patient from a long and ineffective treatment "odyssey".

Abstract

We present a rare case of focal neuromyotonia in a 73-year-old woman with a follow up of 5 years. The clinical picture showed a fixed contraction of the 3rd and 4th finger of the left hand. Similar to other published cases, our patient suffered from COPD and was treated with beta-2-sympathomimetics. This clinical picture shows a rare but rather salient differential diagnosis of Dupuytren's contracture. EMG of the affected muscles may yield a diagnosis and prevent the patient from a long and ineffective treatment "odyssey".

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2010
Deposited On:16 Jul 2010 15:57
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:12
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:0340-5354
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1007/s00415-010-5612-6
PubMed ID:20532908

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