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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. CHN3 is a severe autosomal recessive form characterized by onset of neurogenic muscle impairment in utero. Affected individuals have profoundly impaired psychomotor development and may die in infancy or early childhood.






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