Bibrachial palsy due to paraneoplastic encephalomyelitis

K. J. Meador, B. Richards, S. Hunter, F. T. Nichols, R. T. Watson

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Bibrachial palsy is a distinctly unusual pattern of muscular weakness. We have described a woman who had a slowly progressive clinical course, with profound bibrachial palsy and neurogenic respiratory failure, but neurologically normal lower extremities. Autopsy revealed encephalomyelitis and a small previously undetected oat cell carcinoma with inflammatory infiltration. The pathologic features are consistent with an autoimmune process.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1053-1055
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number8
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989

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  • Medicine(all)


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