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Examen d'un musicien chez qui l'on soupçonne une dystonie de fonction: Étude basée sur plus de 500 cas. [Examination of a Musician Suspected of Having a Focal Dystonia: A Study Based on More Than 500 Cases.]

 
 

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Primary Author: Tubiana, R.
Journal Title: Médecine des arts: Approche médicale et scientifique des pratiques artistiques
Date Published: Mar-99
Language: French
Category: Nervous Disorders
Key Words: musician focal dystonia instrumental
Full Citation: Tubiana, Raoul. Examen d'un musicien chez qui l'on soupçonne une dystonie de fonction: Étude basée sur plus de 500 cas. [Examination of a Musician Suspected of Having a Focal Dystonia: A Study Based on More Than 500 Cases.] Médecine des arts: Approche médicale et scientifique des pratiques artistiques (Montauban, France) no. 27 (March 1999): 14-17.
Full Abstract: Impairments caused by focal dystonia are characterized by loss of control during certain movements, and can assume various forms. The loss is sometimes accompanied by nonpainful muscle spasms. Instrumental musicians were first interviewed about their musical ability (technique, studies, repertoire, amount of practice) and then about the origin and nature of their disorder. Impairments in dystonics are generally progressive, but can arise following a minor trauma. They are associated in particular with intensive musical activity or a change in musical behavior. Cases of a combination of dystonic impairments in a given person or within a single family are rare. Obtaining a careful description of the impairment is extremely important since diagnosis is based upon the patient's account as well as the physical examination.