Transitional forms between Myotonia congenita Dystrophia myotonica and Paramyotonia congenita

  • J. E. Caughey

Abstract

Following the early accounts of myotonia Erb (1886) whom we honour today, published a monograph which created general interest in the subject, and in the papers that followed, there were reports of some atypical cases in which muscle atrophy was associated with myotonia. It is true to say, that ever since there has been wide variance of opinion as to the relationship of myotonia congenita and dystrophia myotonica. Clinically they appear to be distinct disease entities, differing in many essential details, yet having in common, myotonia, and a common mode of inheritance. Batten and Gibb (1909) maintained they were distinct disease entities and in the same year Steinert (1909) stated they belonged in the same disease category. Adie and Greenfield (1935) supported the “theory of distinct diseases” whereas Guillain et al. (1932) and later Maas and Paterson (1939) were the great protagonists of the “one disease theory”. Thomasen (1948) likewise supported this latter theory.

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