Abstract

A 28-year-old woman presented with slowly progressive ataxia and signs of upper and lower motor neuron dysfunction. She had no family history of neurologic disease. Neuroimaging study results were unremarkable, and the diagnosis remained obscure for several years. The differential diagnosis of motor system degeneration in a young adult is broad but focuses on inherited disorders that may have late onset. In this case, close analysis of the clinical features in the history and neurologic examination and interpretation of the laboratory study results led to the diagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)924-927
Number of pages4
JournalArchives of Neurology
Volume69
Issue number7
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

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Ataxia
Neurologic Examination
Motor Neurons
Nervous System Diseases
Neuroimaging
Young Adult
Differential Diagnosis
History
History of Disease
Degeneration
Young Adults
Laboratory Studies
Neuron
Onset
Family History

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Ataxia and weakness in a young woman. / Beh, Shin Chien; Nations, Sharon; Pascual, Juan M.; Vernino, Steven.

In: Archives of Neurology, Vol. 69, No. 7, 07.2012, p. 924-927.

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