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December 1999

Mild Tactile Disturbance and a Lhermitte Phenomenon in a Middle-aged Man

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Copyright 1999 American Medical Association. All Rights Reserved. Applicable FARS/DFARS Restrictions Apply to Government Use.1999

Arch Neurol. 1999;56(12):1515-1516. doi:10.1001/archneur.56.12.1515

A 44-year-old professional musician presented with the loss of tactile sensation. The symptoms started in his fingertips bilaterally and spread proximally over 1 month to the level of the metacarpophalangeal joints. The symptoms prevented him from playing the viola and were therefore a major handicap. He also complained of an uncomfortable shocklike sensation that radiated down the back of his legs on neck flexion (Lhermitte phenomenon) and a lack of energy with fatigue after minimal exertion.

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