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[Benign focal amyotrophy]

DIÓSZEGHY Péter1, MOLNÁR Mária1, MOLNÁR Tibor1, MECHLER Ferenc1

MARCH 20, 1993

Clinical Neuroscience - 1993;46(03-04)

[A 36 year old female is presented with focal segmental atrophy and weakness of the right lower limb affecting predominantly the lower leg. The slight asymmetry presentsince in her childhood started to progress at the beginning of the fourth decade. The EMG and the muscle histology revealed chronic neurogenic changes, which were consistent with spinal motoneuron lesions. The electrophysiological investigations verified the focal segmental localisation of the involvement. The benign course and the good prognosis of this clinical syndrome point out the importance of its recognition and separation from other motoneuron diseases. The cause of this disorder is unknown; probably, it has heterogeneous etiology.]

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