Chronic proximal muscular weakness in alcoholics.

  title={Chronic proximal muscular weakness in alcoholics.},
  author={Jacques E. Rossouw and R G Keeton and Richard H. Hewlett},
  journal={South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde},
  volume={50 53},
In spite of the fact that peripheral neuropathy is very common in alcoholics, the chronic proximal muscular weakness and wasting found in alcoholics have been ascribed to myopathy. A clinical, biochemical, and histological study of 13 patients provided evidence for neuropathy. Enzymic histochemistry of muscle demonstrated selective type 2 neurogenic atrophy with evidence of reinnervation.