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Tabes dorsalis

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tabes dorsalis

A condition that results from the destruction of the dorsal columns in the spinal cord, normally responsible for position sense. Loss of position sense causes severe gait and leg ataxia (balance and motor control problems). Tabes dorsalis can be the result of spinal cord injury or infection (syphilis). Results in a staggering wide-based gait, postural instability, pain and paresthesias.