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Neuromuscul Disord. 2009 Dec;19(12):849-52. doi: 10.1016/j.nmd.2009.09.004. Epub 2009 Nov 10.

Myelin protein zero Val102fs mutation manifesting with isolated spinal root hypertrophy.

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Department of Neurology San Martino's Hospital, Belluno, Italy.


The Val102fs mutation of the myelin protein zero gene (MPZ) has been associated with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease type 1B (CMT1B). Here we describe an unusual presentation of the Val102fs mutation characterized by symptoms of spinal root hypertrophy with no overt peroneal muscular atrophy. Two sisters aged 41 and 35 years complained of neck pain and presented only pes cavus or deep-tendon hyporeflexia. In both of them magnetic resonance imaging revealed non-enhancing hypertrophy of spinal roots misdiagnosed as neurofibromatosis; neurophysiology disclosed a demyelinating neuropathy and addressed the correct molecular diagnosis. This report adds new data concerning the clinical presentations of MPZ mutations.

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