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Progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity as refractory asthma
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  1. N Kikuchi1,
  2. A Nomura1,
  3. Y Ishii1,
  4. K Sekizawa1,
  5. H Harada2,
  6. K Ishii2,
  7. T Wada3
  1. 1Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8575, Japan
  2. 2Department of Neurology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba
  3. 3Department of Otolaryngology, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba
  1. Correspondence to:
    Dr K Sekizawa, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Institute of Clinical Medicine, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennoudai Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8575 Japan;
    kiyo-se{at}md.tsukuba.ac.jp

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Refractory asthma may include diseases other than bronchial asthma.1 We report a 19 year old woman with stridor who developed progressive encephalomyelitis with rigidity (PER).

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