Electrophysiologic features in patients with chronic neurolathyrism

V. E. Drory*, M. J. Rabey, D. F. Cohn

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Neurolathyrism is a toxic nutritional disorder induced by the ingestion of the chick‐pea “lathyrus sativus” and characterized by a pure motor spastic paraparesis. Eight patients with long‐standing disease underwent nerve conduction and electromyographic studies. Two of them (25%) showed electrophysiological signs of lower motor neuron disease in their lower limbs. Subclinical affection of the anterior horn cells occurs probably more frequently than expected in chronic neurolathyrism.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)401-403
Number of pages3
JournalActa Neurologica Scandinavica
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1992


  • EMG
  • neurolathyrism
  • spastic paraparesis


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