ELLEN G. BALCHUM, M.D.; MILTON N. TOWBIN, M.D.
A short time ago Shy and his co-workers in Montreal1 clearly described, for the first time, the clinical features and response to cortisone therapy of a muscular disorder which first appears in the fifth or sixth decade of life. The terms "menopausal myopathy" or "menopausal muscular dystrophy" were coined by these investigators to describe a progressive, symmetrical weakness of the pelvic and shoulder girdle muscles. Patients with this disease characteristically complain of inability to rise from a chair unassisted, difficulty in climbing stairs, abrupt spontaneous falls and inability to raise the arms above the head. Since wasting is
BALCHUM EG, TOWBIN MN. CLIMACTERIC OR "MENOPAUSAL" MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY: REPORT OF A CASE1. Ann Intern Med. 1952;37:1280–1289. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-37-6-1280
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1952;37(6):1280-1289.
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