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Episodic Muscle Disorders.

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Summary of "Episodic Muscle Disorders."

This article reviews the episodic muscle disorders, including benign cramp-fasciculation syndrome, the periodic paralyses, and the nondystrophic myotonias. The core diagnostic criteria for a diagnosis of primary periodic paralysis, including clues to distinguish between the hypokalemic and hyperkalemic forms, and the distinctive elements that characterize Andersen-Tawil syndrome are discussed. Management of patients with these disorders is also discussed.

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Name: Continuum (Minneapolis, Minn.)
ISSN: 1538-6899
Pages: 1696-1711

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Disorders characterized by an abnormal reduction in muscle volume due to a decrease in the size or number of muscle fibers. Atrophy may result from diseases intrinsic to muscle tissue (e.g., MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY) or secondary to PERIPHERAL NERVOUS SYSTEM DISEASES that impair innervation to muscle tissue (e.g., MUSCULAR ATROPHY, SPINAL).

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