Journal article

MEGACOLON IN MYOTONIC-DYSTROPHY CAUSED BY A DEGENERATIVE NEUROPATHY OF THE MYENTERIC PLEXUS

MM YOSHIDA, S KRISHNAMURTHY, DA WATTCHOW, JB FURNESS, MD SCHUFFLER

GASTROENTEROLOGY | W B SAUNDERS CO | Published : 1988

Abstract

A 32-yr-old man with myotonic dystrophy had a left hemicolectomy performed because of a megacolon. The colonic mucosa, smooth muscle, and connective tissue appeared normal by hematoxylin and eosin and trichrome stains and transmission electron microscopy. In contrast, the myenteric plexus had markedly fewer neurons than normal on the hematoxylin and eosin stains. Silver staining of the plexus revealed degeneration and decreased numbers of argyrophilic neurons, which were smaller and had fewer processes and a more uneven staining quality than controls. Many axons were fragmented, and increased numbers of glial cell nuclei were present in the plexus. Degenerative changes in the neurons were pr..

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