Neurophysiological and radiological findings in myotonic dystrophy patients

B. Fierro, O. Daniele, A. Aloisio, D. Buffa, V. La Bua, M. Oliveri, L. Manfrè, F. Brighina

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Somatosensory evoked potentials (SEPs) and brainstem auditory evoked potentials (BAEPs) were recorded in 10 patients with myotonic dystrophy' and in 20 sex and age-matched healthy controls. In all patients a brain MRI examination was also performed. In our results, the significantly longer absolute peak latencies of the SEPs and the abnormal increasing of the later components of the BAEPs suggest an involvement of the afferent sensory and central auditory pathways. Brain MRI showed white matter hyperintense lesions (WMHL) in eight patients (80%). No correlations were found between individual abnormal electrophysiological parameters or severity of WMHL and age, age at onset, disease duration or muscular impairment. The total number (SEP + BAEP) of electrophysiological abnormalities significantly correlated with muscular impairment (p <0.05) and MRI changes (p <0.005), suggesting a strict pathogenetic linkage between muscular and nervous system alterations in this disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)89-94
Number of pages6
JournalEuropean Journal of Neurology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1998


  • Evoked potentials
  • MRI
  • Myotonic dystrophy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)


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