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Elevated amounts of antibodies specific for acetylcholine receptors were detected in 87 percent of sera from 71 patients with myasthenia gravis but not in 175 sera from individuals without myasthenia gravis, including those with other neurologic or autoimmune diseases. Antireceptor antibodies were not directed at the acetylcholine binding site of the(More)
Botulinum toxin type A (Dysport) has been shown in European studies to be a safe and effective treatment for cervical dystonia. This multicenter, double-blind, randomized, controlled trial assessed the safety and efficacy of Dysport in cervical dystonia patients in the United States. Eighty patients were randomly assigned to receive one treatment with(More)
We enrolled and treated 122 patients with idiopathic cervical dystonia in a double-blind, placebo-controlled safety and efficacy study of botulinum toxin type B (BotB). Both A-responsive and A-resistant patients were enrolled. Patients received intramuscular injections of either BotB (2,500 U, 5,000 U, or 10,000 U) or placebo. The primary outcome measure of(More)
The natural history of cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis) was investigated in a population-based study in Rochester, Minnesota. Eleven new cases were identified with onset during the 20-year period 1960-1979. The overall incidence rate was 1.2 per 100,000 person-years (95% confidence interval 0.5-1.9) with a female:male ratio of age-adjusted(More)
A previous investigation of IST in Rochester, Minnesota, from 1960 through 1979 yielded an incidence of 1.1/100,000 person-years. The rate in women was almost three times higher than that in men. Thyroid disorders, other endocrine disorders, right-hand preference, symptomatic ovarian cysts, other disorders of the female genito-reproductive system, emotional(More)