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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.
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 …
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.