Stiff limb syndrome: A case report

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Introduction: Stiff limb syndrome is a clinical feature of the stiff person syndrome, which is a rare and disabling neurologic disorder characterized by muscle rigidity and episodic spasms that involve axial and limb musculature. It is an autoimmune disorder resulting in a malfunction of aminobutyric acid mediated inhibitory networks in the central nervous system. We describe a patient diagnosed by neurological symptoms of stiff limb syndrome with a good outcome after treatment, and a review of the related literature. Case presentation: A 49-year-old male patient presented with a progressive stiffness and painful spasms of his both legs resulting in a difficulty of standing up and walking. The diagnosis of stiff limb syndrome was supported by the dramatically positive response to treatment using diazepam 25 mg/day and baclofen 30 mg/day. Conclusion: This clinical case highlights the importance of a therapeutic test to confirm the diagnosis of stiff limb syndrome especially when there is a high clinical suspicion with unremarkable electromyography © 2010 Hajjioui et al; licensee BioMed Central Ltd.

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Hajjioui, A., Benbouazza, K., Faris, M. E. A., Missaoui, A., & Hassouni, N. H. (2010). Stiff limb syndrome: A case report. Cases Journal, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.1186/1757-1626-3-60

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