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Definition

A form of congenital hypomyelinating neuropathy, a neurologic disorder characterized by early-onset hypotonia, areflexia, distal muscle weakness, and very slow nerve conduction velocities (NCV) resulting from improper myelination of axons. In its extreme form, it may present with severe joint contractures or arthrogryposis multiplex congenita and respiratory insufficiency. In less severe cases patients may achieve walking. Patients lack both active myelin breakdown and well-organized onion bulbs on sural nerve biopsies, have absence of inflammation, and show hypomyelination of most or all fibers. CHN2 inheritance is autosomal dominant.

Acronym

CHN2

Synonyms

Hypomyelinating neuropathy, congenital, 2

Keywords

Neuropathy

 
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