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Rigid spine syndrome
  1. Ikuo Goto,
  2. Susumu Nagasaka,
  3. Hitoshi Nagara,
  4. Yoshigoro Kuroiwa
  1. Department of Neurology, Neurological Institute, Faculty of Medicine, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan


    A patient is described with distinctive clinical features including childhood onset of non-progressive muscle weakness, limitation of flexion of the neck and spine, scoliosis, and joint contracture. Muscle biopsy and electromyography showed findings suggestive of a myopathic disorder. The combination of these distinctive clinical features is termed the rigid spine syndrome. Only six cases have been reported in the literature to date.

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