When metals compete: a case of copper-deficiency myeloneuropathy and anemia

@article{Spain2009WhenMC,
  title={When metals compete: a case of copper-deficiency myeloneuropathy and anemia},
  author={Rebecca I Spain and Thomas P. Leist and Eduardo A. De Sousa},
  journal={Nature Clinical Practice Neurology},
  year={2009},
  volume={5},
  pages={106-111}
}
Background A 47-year-old woman with an otherwise unremarkable medical history was referred to the multiple sclerosis clinic by her primary neurologist for evaluation of a 2–3 year history of progressive knee and back pain, weakness, paresthesias, sensory loss, ataxia, and falls. During the same period, she had received blood transfusions for unexplained anemia and leukopenia. She had been wearing dentures for many years.Investigations Physical examination, neurological examinations (assessments… 
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