An 8-year-old boy with gait disturbance and the rapid increase of muscle tonus.

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Division of Child Neurology, Kanagawa Children's Medical Center, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

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Name: Neuropathology : official journal of the Japanese Society of Neuropathology
ISSN: 1440-1789


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The state of activity or tension of a muscle beyond that related to its physical properties, that is, its active resistance to stretch. In skeletal muscle, tonus is dependent upon efferent innervation. (Stedman, 25th ed)

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