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J Neurol Neurosurg Psychiatry 76:750-751 doi:10.1136/jnnp.2004.046987
  • Short report

Copper deficiency myeloneuropathy and pancytopenia secondary to overuse of zinc supplementation

  1. J Rowin1,
  2. S L Lewis2
  1. 1University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation, Section of Neuromuscular Disease, Chicago, Illinois, USA
  2. 2Rush University Medical Center, Department of Neurological Sciences, Chicago
  1. Correspondence to:
 Dr Julie Rowin
 University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Neurology and Rehabilitation, Section of Neuromuscular Disease, Chicago, IL 60612, USA; rowinuic.edu
  • Received 14 June 2004
  • Accepted 25 August 2004
  • Revised 23 August 2004

Abstract

The haematological complications of acquired copper deficiency have been well documented, but the neurological complications have only recently been reported. An illustrative case of copper deficiency myeloneuropathy with pancytopenia is presented and the potential aetiologies and neurological manifestations of this deficiency state discussed.

Footnotes

  • Competing interests: none declared

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