Are nongenetic triggers for dystonia type-specific? A study exploring scoliosis in blepharospasm

Davide Martino, Giovanni Defazio, Giovanni Abbruzzese, Roberta Marchese, Giovanni Fabbrini, Venturino Decembrino, Alfredo Berardelli

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Abstract

We previously observed that diseases of the anterior ocular segment predispose to primary blepharospasm, but not to other focal dystonias. In this multicenter study, we tested whether prior scoliosis, which increases the risk of developing cervical dystonia, is also a predisposing factor to blepharospasm. The frequency of scoliosis did not differ between blepharospasm patients and controls. This finding supports the hypothesis that environmental risk factors may be specific for a single form of adult-onset dystonia.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)576-578
Number of pages3
JournalMovement Disorders
Volume22
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2007

Keywords

  • Blepharospasm
  • Dystonia
  • Risk factors
  • Scoliosis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neuroscience(all)

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