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Neurology. 2002 Sep 24;59(6):941-3.

The prevalence of primary dystonia in the general community.

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University Hospital of Neurology, Innsbruck, Austria.


The prevalence of primary dystonia was assessed in a random population sample of individuals aged 50 and over in Bruneck, South Tyrol. The diagnosis of primary dystonia was confirmed by videotaped review. Primary dystonia was present in 6 of 707 cases resulting in a prevalence rate of 732 per 100,000 (95% CI 319-1,564) in the general population aged 50 and over. Only two cases (33%) had been previously diagnosed. These results indicate that the true prevalence of primary dystonia is significantly higher than published rates.

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