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Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2005 Jun;63(2A):213-6.

Frequency of obsessive and compulsive symptoms in patients with blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm.

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  • 1Setor de Distúrbios do Movimento, Serviço de Neurologia do Hospital de Clinicas da Universidade Federal do Paraná, Curitiba PR, Brasil.

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  • Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2005 Jun;63(2b):552.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Blepharospasm (BS) is a form of central focal dystonia recently associated with psychiatric disorders, particularly obsessive and compulsive symptoms. Hemifacial spasm (HFS) represents a focal myoclonus with peripheral origin in the facial nerve.

OBJECTIVE:

To determine the frequency of obsessive and compulsive symptoms in patients with BS in comparison with patients with HFS.

METHODS:

30 patients from each group (BS and HFS) followed by the botulinum toxin clinic at the HC-UFPR were evaluated using a structured interview based on the DSM-IV criteria and the Yale-Brown scale. Results were compared by the mean two-tailed t test.

RESULTS:

We found obsessive or compulsive symptoms in 20 (66.6%) patients with BE and 21 (70%) with HFS. Yale-Brown scale scores for each group were higher among BS patients; however, diferences were not statisticaly significant.

CONCLUSION:

Our study did not show a significant diference in the comparison of the prevalence of obsessive and compulsive symptoms among patients with BS and HFS.

PMID:
16100964
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