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Neurology. 2005 Jan 25;64(2):341-3.

Botulinum toxin injections in the treatment of musician's dystonia.

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  • 1Department of Neurology and Medical Center for Performing Artists/Mailbox S 432, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, 9500 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44195, USA.


The authors present the results of 84 musicians with focal task-specific dystonia treated with EMG-guided botulinum toxin injections. Treatment outcome was assessed by subjective estimation of playing before and after treatment and self-rating of treatment response. Fifty-eight (69%) of the musicians experienced improvement from the injections and 30 of 84 musicians (36%) reported long-term benefit in their performance ability.

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