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BACKGROUND We examined risk of parkinsonism in occupations (agriculture, education, health care, welding, and mining) and toxicant exposures (solvents and pesticides) putatively associated with parkinsonism. OBJECTIVE To investigate occupations, specific job tasks, or exposures and risk of parkinsonism and clinical subtypes. DESIGN Case-control. (More)
Spiral analysis is an objective, easy to administer noninvasive test that has been proposed to measure motor dysfunction in Parkinson disease (PD). We compared overall Unified Parkinson Disease Rating Scale Part III scores to selected indices derived from spiral analysis in seventy-four patients with early PD (mean duration of disease 2.4 +/- 1.7 years,(More)
The DYT6 gene for primary torsion dystonia (PTD) was mapped to chromosome 8p21-q22 in two Amish-Mennonite families who shared a haplotype of marker alleles across a 40 cM linked region. The objective of this study was to narrow the DYT6 region, clinically characterize DYT6 dystonia in a larger cohort, and to determine whether DYT6 is associated with(More)
OBJECTIVES The presence of a deep brain stimulator (DBS) in a patient who develops neuropsychiatric symptoms poses unique diagnostic challenges and questions for the treating psychiatrist. Catatonia has been described only once, during DBS implantation, but has not been reported in a successfully implanted DBS patient. METHODS We present a case of a(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the frequency of medication use in patients with dystonia enrolled in an international biorepository study. METHODS In a cross-sectional analysis, we included 2,026 participants enrolled at 37 sites in the United States, Canada, Europe, and Australia through Project 1 of the Dystonia Coalition, an international biorepository study.(More)
OBJECTIVES The presence of a deep brain stimulator (DBS) in a patient with a movement disorder who develops psychiatric symptoms poses unique diagnostic and therapeutic challenges for the treating clinician. Few sources discuss approaches to diagnosing and treating these symptoms. MATERIALS AND METHODS The authors review the literature on psychiatric(More)
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