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Contractures and muscle disease
  1. R Jon Walters
  1. Correspondence to Dr R Jon Walters, Department of Neurology, Morriston Hospital, Morriston, Swansea SA6 6NL, UK; Richard.walters{at}wales.nhs.uk, rjonwalters{at}msn.com

Abstract

Contractures are one of a handful of signs in muscle disease, besides weakness and its distribution, whose presence can help guide us diagnostically, a welcome star on the horizon. Contractures are associated with several myopathies, some with important cardiac manifestations, and consequently are important to recognise; their presence may also provide us with a potential satisfying ‘penny dropping’ diagnostic moment.

  • myopathy contracture

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