EDWARD J. GAUTHIER, M.D.
Cardiac involvement in Friedreich's ataxia has long been recognized. Five of the six cases originally described in 1863 had heart abnormalities (1-3). Recently, discovery of a familial type of primary myocardial disease in patients without ataxia has rekindled interest in myocardial changes with Friedreich's disease (4-6).
Although the present case does not present a significant family history, it demonstrates well the clinical features most frequently described in the association of these two diseases.
It is notable that a high incidence of chronic myocardial degeneration has also been reported in familial muscular dystrophy (7). In those cases, the relationship is more
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GAUTHIER EJ. Cardiac Disease in Friedreich's Ataxia. Ann Intern Med. 1964;60:892–897. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-60-5-892
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1964;60(5):892-897.
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