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Abnormalities in sensory and mixed evoked potentials in ataxia-telangiectasia.
  1. A C Martínez,
  2. M Barrio,
  3. A M Gutierrez,
  4. López


    Electromography, motor, sensory and mixed nerve conduction velocity, and H reflex were studied in four patients with ataxia-telangiectasia. The earliest and most striking electrophysiologial finding was the reduced amplitude of evoked nerve potentials. In the oldest patient, findings suggestive of spinal atrophy and mild reduction of the motor and sensory nerve conduction velocities were found. Reduced amplitude in the evoked nerve potentials can be observed without clinical evidence of peripheral neuropathy. Electrophysiological abnormalities are more severe in older than in young patients. Sural nerve biopsy in one patient showed mild changes: loss of the largest myelinated fibres and demyelination of some fibres. The ratio between maximum conduction velocity of the sural nerve and the diameter of the largest fibres was in the lower limits of the normal range. The resemblance between electrophysiological abnormalities in Friedreich's ataxia and ataxia-telangiectasia is discussed.

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