A clinical, epidemiological and genetic study of hereditary motor neuropathies in Benghazi, Libya.

Original article


Radhakrishnan K, Thacker AK, Maloo JC.

Department of Medicine, Arab Medical University, Benghazi, Libya.

J Neurol. 1988 Sep;235(7):422-4.


A 4-year-search for spinal muscular atrophies (hereditary motor neuropathies, HMN) in Benghazi, Libya, yielded a total of 24 patients, among whom 18 were index cases. This group comprised 6 acute infantile, 12 chronic childhood, and 3 each with adult-onset proximal, and distal forms of the disorder. Distal HMN constituted 12.5% of the total cases. The crude average annual incidence of acute infantile HMN was 0.3/100,000 total population and 1/12,500 births in Benghazi. The crude prevalence rates of chronic childhood, adult-onset proximal, and distal types of HMN were 2.3, 0.6, and 0.6/100,000 respectively. The segregation ratios, 0.26 for acute infantile HMN and 0.24 for chronic childhood HMN, suggested autosomal recessive inheritance. The consanguinity rates among parents of cases and the population did not differ significantly.

Keywords: Epidemiology – Genetics – Hereditary motor neuropathy – Spinal muscular atrophy

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