Neuromuscular diseases of childhood

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This review covers three areas. First, dramatic progress in the discovery of abnormal loci on certain chromosomes associated with several motor unit diseases eventually will obviate the need for more invasive testing. Second, new information about the natural course of spinal muscular atrophy is beginning to clarify the nature of this disease. Third, changes in the treatment of the acute and chronic polyneuropathies has shortened hospital stays.

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