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Duchenne's disease

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Degeneration of the posterior roots and column of the spinal cord and the brain stem. Characterized by attacks of pain, progressive ataxia, loss of reflexes, functional disorders of the bladder, larynx, and gastrointestinal system, and impotence. Develops in conjunction with syphilis and most frequently affects middle aged men.


  • G. B. Duchenne:
    De l’ataxie locomotrice progressive.
    Archives générales de médecine, Paris, 1858, 5 sér., 12: 641-652; 13: 36-62, 158-1881, 417-451.

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