Peripheral neuropathy and starvation after gastric partitioning for morbid obesity

H. Feit, M. Glasberg, C. Ireton, R. N. Rosenberg, E. Thal

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Abstract

Three months after gastric partitioning for morbid obesity, two patients developed an unusual and severe form of polyneuropathy that affected their sense of position maximally. This disorder produced severe ataxia of the upper extremities and trunk, and pseudochorea. One patient died and the autopsy showed an extensive demyelinating polyneuropathy. Neuronal cell bodies in the anterior horns and dorsal root ganglia showed extensive accumulations of lipofuscin and Schwann cells showed extensive accumulations of lipid. This neuronal and Schwann cell lipidosis appears to result from starvation of the obese and has never been reported in other forms of human starvation or nutritional deficiency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)453-455
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Internal Medicine
Volume96
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1982

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Morbid Obesity
Polyneuropathies
Schwann Cells
Peripheral Nervous System Diseases
Starvation
Stomach
Lipidoses
Lipofuscin
Proprioception
Spinal Ganglia
Ataxia
Horns
Upper Extremity
Malnutrition
Autopsy
Lipids
Cell Body

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Peripheral neuropathy and starvation after gastric partitioning for morbid obesity. / Feit, H.; Glasberg, M.; Ireton, C.; Rosenberg, R. N.; Thal, E.

In: Annals of Internal Medicine, Vol. 96, No. 4, 1982, p. 453-455.

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Feit, H. ; Glasberg, M. ; Ireton, C. ; Rosenberg, R. N. ; Thal, E. / Peripheral neuropathy and starvation after gastric partitioning for morbid obesity. In: Annals of Internal Medicine. 1982 ; Vol. 96, No. 4. pp. 453-455.
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