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February 1988

Diabetic Neuropathy Simulating Conus Medullaris Syndrome

Arch Intern Med. 1988;148(2):459-460. doi:10.1001/archinte.1988.00380020203026

• Two diabetic patients presented with fecal incontinence, poor rectal sphincter tone, perianal hypoesthesia, and absent Achilles reflexes. These signs suggested the conus medullaris syndrome; however, no mass lesion was found to account for the clinical features. Fecal incontinence can occur in longstanding, insulin-dependent diabetics. Back pain and absence of autonomic and peripheral neuropathy should indicate an etiology other than diabetic neuropathy.

(Arch Intern Med 1988;148:459-460)