Enteroviral hypothesis for motor neurone disease

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.310.6974.256a (Published 28 January 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:256
  1. N Nowotny,
  2. G Durr
  1. Assistant professor of virology Institute of Virology, Veterinary University of Vienna, A-1030 Vienna, Austria
  2. Consultant in virology Department of Clinical Virology, General Hospital, University of Vienna, A-1090 Vienna, Austria

    EDITOR,—Two controversial articles suggesting a possible enteroviral aetiology for motor neurone disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) have recently been published.1 2 We report on a farmer's family in which the 44 year old mother has been diagnosed as suffering from motor neurone disease. Interestingly, from the time of onset of the mother's symptoms her husband (45 years old) and two sons (16 and 18 years old) showed weakness of the legs; in the husband's case this led to a …

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