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The objective of this report was to develop a case definition of distal symmetric polyneuropathy to standardize and facilitate clinical research and epidemiologic studies. A formalized consensus process was employed to reach agreement after a systematic review and classification of evidence from the literature. The literature indicates that symptoms alone(More)
Distal symmetric polyneuropathy (DSP) is the most common variety of neuropathy. Since the evaluation of this disorder is not standardized, the available literature was reviewed to provide evidence-based guidelines regarding the role of autonomic testing, nerve biopsy, and skin biopsy for the assessment of polyneuropathy. A literature review using MEDLINE,(More)
One hundred and sixty-two patients with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) were followed over a 10-yr period to provide a profile of impairment and disability. The median height and weight of DMD boys were normally distributed before ages 9-10, but during the second decade height was markedly reduced, and weight was no longer normally distributed. Younger(More)
Distal symmetric polyneuropathy (DSP) is the most common variety of neuropathy. Since the evaluation of this disorder is not standardized, the available literature was reviewed to provide evidence-based guidelines regarding the role of laboratory and genetic tests for the assessment of DSP. A literature review using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Science Citation Index,(More)
Marijuana has been proposed as treatment for a widening spectrum of medical conditions. Marijuana is a substance with many properties that may be applicable to the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). These include analgesia, muscle relaxation, bronchodilation, saliva reduction, appetite stimulation, and sleep induction. In addition, marijuana(More)
Cannabis (marijuana) has been proposed as treatment for a widening spectrum of medical conditions and has many properties that may be applicable to the management of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). This study is the first, anonymous survey of persons with ALS regarding the use of cannabis. There were 131 respondents, 13 of whom reported using cannabis(More)
BACKGROUND Distal symmetric polyneuropathy (DSP) is the most common variety of neuropathy. Since the evaluation of this disorder is not standardized, the available literature was reviewed to provide evidence-based guidelines regarding the role of laboratory and genetic tests for the assessment of DSP. METHODS A literature review using MEDLINE, EMBASE, and(More)
The objective of this 12-month study was to describe the clinical features of late-onset Pompe disease and identify appropriate outcome measures for use in clinical trials. Assessments included quantitative muscle testing (QMT), functional activities (FAA), 6-min walk test (6MWT), and pulmonary function testing (PFT). Percent predicted values indicated(More)
Forty-five individuals with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) types II and III were evaluated prospectively over a 10-yr period to develop an impairment and disability profile. SMA II subjects showed marked weakness and progressive decline of strength. Mean manual muscle test (MMT) score for all muscles combined was 2.3 +/- 0.6, with a decline in strength of(More)