Hereditary neuromuscular diseases

Ö Özsarlak, E. Schepens, P. M. Parizel, J. W. Van Goethem, F. Van Hoenacker, A. M. De Schepper, J. J. Martin

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This article presents the actual classification of neuromuscular diseases based on present expansion of our knowledge and understanding due to genetic developments. It summarizes the genetic and clinical presentations of each disorder together with CT findings, which we studied in a large group of patients with neuromuscular diseases. The muscular dystrophies as the largest and most common group of hereditary muscle diseases will be highlighted by giving detailed information about the role of CT and MRI in the differential diagnosis. The radiological features of neuromuscular diseases are atrophy, hypertrophy, pseudohypertrophy and fatty infiltration of muscles on a selective basis. Although the patterns and distribution of involvement are characteristic in some of the diseases, the definition of the type of disease based on CT scan only is not always possible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)184-197
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Radiology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes


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