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The stiff-man syndrome

Ian A. D. Boucher

Abstract


In 1956 Moersch and Woltman first recorded a state of 'progressive fluctuating rigidity and spasm', for which they coined the term 'stiff-man syndrome', signifying that the aetiology and pathogenesis of the condition were unknown. At the time of writing only 16 cases have been described. It. is suggested that the case under consideration falls into this syndrome, although there are a number of features at variance with the published cases.




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