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Article
April 2, 1898

ANESTHESIA OF THE TRUNK IN LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA.

Author Affiliations

PHILADELPHIA, PA.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(14):769-770. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.72440660017001c
Abstract

Hitzig1, Lähr2 and Patrick3 have described as a very frequent symptom in locomotor ataxia, a condition of tactile anesthesia occurring in the trunk, usually symmetrically situated on the two halves of the body, most frequent at the level of the nipples, and not bounded by the distribution of nerve trunks, but corresponding to the spinal roots or their intramedullay fibers. A series of ten cases recently examined by me agrees more or less with the conclusions drawn by these observers. In some, however, the condition found was different. I will not give the histories of the cases but ask you to accept my diagnoses. I will say, however, that none were recent, all being of some years' standing, all having quite marked ataxia, and none being paralytic. In the first case there was a band about three inches wide extending around the trunk at the level of

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