Woman Develops Drunken Stagger

Abrupt loss of coordination suggests autoimmune disease.

By John Pettinato|Friday, October 01, 2004
Susan was 75 and could barely walk. She had become uncoordinated and lived in constant fear of falling. Each tiny step required enormous effort. Maintaining even a simple daily routine was becoming impossible. Her primary care doctor had referred her to me, and as she succinctly put it during her first visit to my office, her life was a mess. She said that I was her last resort. Her symptoms had appeared abruptly, which is uncommon in most chronic neurological diseases. That was an important clu...

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