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April 1979

Dominant Spinopontine Atrophy-Reply

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Div of Neuropathology General Hospital Rhode Island Med Center Cranston, RI 02920

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(4):255. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500400109031

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In Reply.—  Boller and Segarra are correct in pointing out the limitations we are facing because of the small number of the cases studied. I would like to reiterate, however, that, not being aware of previously reported members of the same family and limiting ourself to pathological findings, we did have problems diagnosing our autopsy case as dominant spinopontine atrophy. On the other side, competent neurologists diagnosed both our reported cases as olivopontocerebellar atrophy.We all hope that eventually the precise etiology for these diseases will be known and perhaps, but not necessarily, make our disagreement irrelevant.

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