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Pediatr Neurol. 1999 Jan;20(1):78-80.

Cervicomedullary astrocytoma simulating a neuromuscular disorder.

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Department of Neurology, University of Connecticut School of Medicine, Farmington, USA.

Abstract

A 12-year-old male developed progressive proximal upper extremity weakness over a 3- to 4-year period. The clinical findings of proximal upper extremity weakness and atrophy, prominent scapular winging, and no sensory deficits or upper motor neuron signs suggested a neuromuscular disorder. Electromyography was consistent with a chronic denervating disorder involving the upper cervical anterior horn cells or their axons. A cervical magnetic resonance image revealed a large intramedullary mass extending from the inferior aspect of the fourth ventricle down to the level of T2. A biopsy of the lesion was consistent with a low-grade astrocytoma.

PMID:
10029268
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