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
GAUTHIER EJ. Cardiac Disease in Friedreich's Ataxia. Ann Intern Med. ;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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