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Face mask sign
  1. Jorik Nonnekes,
  2. Maarten Nijkrake
  1. Radboud University Medical Centre, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Department of Rehabilitation, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
  1. Correspondence to Dr Jorik Nonnekes, Radboud University Medical Centre, Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Department of Rehabilitation, Nijmegen 6500 HB, The Netherlands; jorik.nonnekes{at}radboudumc.nl

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Introduction

Wearing a face mask has become commonplace in public spaces since the COVID-19 pandemic. We have encountered several patients with sensory ataxia who have reported worsening of their gait when wearing a face mask. Here, we illustrate the problem in a patient with spinocerebellar ataxia type 2.

Case

A 52-year-old man with genetically confirmed spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 had both cerebellar dysfunction and peripheral neuropathy (bilaterally absent vibration sense to the knees). He spontaneously reported …

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  • Contributors Data collection and writing of the manuscript: both authors.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned. Externally peer reviewed by Rajith De Silva, London, UK.

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