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Dejerine's syndrome I

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No longer used term for a tabes-like disease picture in which deep sensation is depressed but tactile sense is normal, caused by lesion of long root fibres of posterior column. Characterized by radicular pain, reduction in both sensory and motor function with either hyperaesthesia, as post herpetic neuralgia, or hyperaesthesia. Deep tendon reflexes are depressed or absent. To be differentiated from peripheral neuritis.

According to Jablonski’s Dictionary of Syndromes & Eponymic Diseases this is polyneuritis secondary to an infection with Corynebacterium diphteriae.


  • J. J. Dejerine:
    Sur un cas de paraplégie par névrites periphériques, chez une ataxique morphiomane (Contribution à l’étude de la névrite périphérique).
    Comptes rendus de la Société de Biologie, Paris, 1887, 8 sér., 4: 137-143.
  • Sémiologie des affections du systéme nerveux.
    Paris, 1914.

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