Writer's Cramp May Be Tied to Brain Abnormalities

"Our findings show that several brain structures are abnormal in writer's cramp, including the cerebellum, suggesting that the cerebellum plays a role in the disease," Lehericy said. "The role of this structure in the disease will probably be investigated in more detail in animal models (some animal models have abnormalities in the cerebellum) and also in humans. Moreover, cerebellum is involved in motor control and scaling of fine movements and this may influence the way rehabilitation will be performed," he said.

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SOURCES: Tom Swift, M.D., past president, American Academy of Neurology, and professor emeritus and former chairman, department of neurology, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; Stephane Lehericy, M.D., Ph.D., head, Center for Neuroimaging Research, Groupe Hospitalier Pitie-Salpetriere, Paris, France; July 24, 2007, Neurology

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