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December 1970


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New Haven, Conn

Am J Dis Child. 1970;120(6):583-584. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1970.02100110131022

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We were very interested in seeing the comments by Dr. Bray pertaining to our case of congenital sensory neuropathy (Amer J Dis Child119:513-520, 1970). The possibility of the role of the cervical cord injury at birth may well account for some of the features in this case and we so specified in the article but is not sufficient cause for all the findings related to loss of sensation. To our knowledge, there are no cases of total sensory loss that have been explained by cord injury alone. We read with interest the articles suggested by Dr. Bray and found that Towbin's article on central nervous damage in human fetus and newborn infants described numerous lethal types of CNS injury and Byers (Brennemann-Kelly, Practice of Pediatrics, vol 4, pt 1, chapt 15) describes absence of tactile sensation over areas of extremities in patients with cord injury but does not

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