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May 1979

Use of the ECG in the Diagnosis of Childhood Spinal Muscular Atrophy

Author Affiliations

From the University of Connecticut Medical School, Farmington; and the Newington Children's Hospital, Newington, Conn.

Arch Neurol. 1979;36(5):317-318. doi:10.1001/archneur.1979.00500410095017

• The appearance of tremors in patients with childhood, chronic spinal muscular atrophy has been known for years. We were struck by the presence of a "muscle tremor" artifact in the ECGs of all our patients with this diagnosis. This observation has not been noted previously. The consistency of this finding in patients with this disease is the basis for this report.