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  1. A Case with Improvement of Blepharospasm by Zolpidem

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    Munkyung Sunwoo


    Full Text Available Zolpidem is usually used for the treatment of insomnia as a hypnotic drug. It was also suggested to be effective in the treatment of dystonia in some studies. A 74-year-old woman had been suffering from frequent and intense bilateral spasms of the eyelids for 20 years. She has been treated with botulinum toxin injection and taken some medications. But, she experienced a little effect and was not satisfied with those treatments. Her symptom was improved after taking Zolpidem which had been prescribed for insomnia by her primary physician. She did not show any improvement after placebo injection and neostigmine test. This is the first report which shows improvement of isolated blepharospasm by Zolpidem in Korea. Zolpidem can be one of useful alternative pharmacological treatments for blepharospasm. Further randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled studies are needed to validate this finding.

  2. In vivo confocal microscopy of meibomian glands in primary blepharospasm (United States)

    Lin, Tong; Gong, Lan


    Abstract The aim of the study was to evaluate the morphological changes of meibomian glands (MGs) in primary blepharospasm (PBS) by in vivo laser scanning confocal microscopy (LSCM) and to investigate the correlations between clinical data of PBS and LSCM parameters of MGs. This prospective and case–control study recruited 30 consecutive PBS patients and 30 age- and gender-matched healthy controls. After questionnaire assessments of ocular surface disease index (OSDI), Jankovic rating scale, and blepharospasm disability index, all subjects underwent blink rate evaluation, tear film break-up time (TBUT), corneal fluorescein staining (CFS), Schirmer test, MG expressibility, meibum quality, MG dropout, and LSCM examination of the MGs. The main LSCM outcomes included the mean MG acinar area and density, orifice diameter, meibum secretion reflectivity, acinar irregularity, and inhomogeneity of interstice and acinar wall. The PBS patients had significantly higher blink rate, higher OSDI and CFS scores, lower TBUT and Schirmer test value, and worse MG expressibility than the controls (All P  0.05). The PBS patients showed lower values of MG acinar area, orifice diameter and meibum secretion reflectivity, and higher scores of acinar irregularity and inhomogeneity of interstices than the controls (All P JCR scale was strong correlated with MG acinar area (P < 0.001), orifice diameter (P = 0.002), meibum secretion reflectivity (P = 0.002), and MG acinar irregularity (P = 0.013). The MG expressibility was significantly correlated to MG acinar area (P = 0.039), orifice diameter (P < 0.001), and MG acinar irregularity (P = 0.014). The OSDI score was moderate correlated with MG acinar irregularity (P = 0.016), whereas the TBUT value was positively correlated with MG acinar area (P = 0.045) and negatively correlated to MG acinar irregularity (P = 0.016). The CFS score was negatively correlated to MG orifice diameter (P = 0.008). The LSCM provided a noninvasive

  3. The relationship between eye-winking tics, frequent eye-blinking and blepharospasm. (United States)

    Elston, J S; Granje, F C; Lees, A J


    A family is reported in which three generations were affected with eye-winking tics and/or blepharospasm. The proband developed eye-winking tics in childhood and then developed excessive blinking progressing to blepharospasm by the age of 21 years. His mother presented with Meige's syndrome and spasmodic torticollis at the age of 59 years; his uncle had blinked excessively from his early forties. His eldest son developed an eye-winking tic with facial grimacing at the age of 8 years, and in another son, a self-limiting period of eye-blinking occurred at the age of 4 years. The recovery cycle of the blink reflex was abnormal in all three generations. Three other children with eye-winking tics have a parent or close relative with frequent eye-blinking or blepharospasm. Five patients with adult-onset blepharospasm or Meige's syndrome are also described who had excessive eye-blinking dating back to childhood. It is suggested that eye-winking tics, frequent blinking and blepharospasm may share common pathophysiological mechanisms; the clinical expression may be age-related.

  4. Orbicularis Oculi Myectomy as a Treatment for Blepharospasm in a Case of Schwartz Jampel Syndrome (United States)

    Eshraghi, Bahram; Shadravan, Mahla; Aalami, Elham; Pour, Elias Khalili


    Purpose: To describe a patient with Schwartz Jampel vel Aberfeld syndrome (SJS) who underwent orbicularis oculi myectomy as a treatment for blepharospasm. Case Report: A 4-year-old child with SJS did not respond to an injection of a single dose of botulinum toxin after one month, so orbicularis myectomy was then performed under general anesthesia. During the procedure, orbicularis vermiform movements were a useful guide for the extent of myectomy that the patient needed. He responded very well to this procedure and experienced significant relief of blepharospasm documented in follow-up visits for up to 6 months. Conclusion: Blepharospasm in patients with SJS can be treated with orbicularis oculi myectomy as a good functional method with faster and durable response in comparison to botulinum toxin injection. PMID:27621795

  5. Botulinum Toxin Treatment of Blepharospasm, Orofacial/Oromandibular Dystonia, and Hemifacial Spasm. (United States)

    Karp, Barbara Illowsky; Alter, Katharine


    Blepharospasm is a focal dystonia characterized by involuntary, repetitive eye closure. Orofacial and oromandibular dystonia describe involuntary dystonic movements of orofacial and oromandibular musculature. Hemifacial spasm is characterized by repetitive synchronous contraction of facial nerve innervated muscles on one side of the face. In this article, the clinical presentation, epidemiology, and approaches to treatment are reviewed. Technical aspects of using botulinum toxin for treatment and reported outcomes are discussed.

  6. [A case of idiopathic torsion dystonia showing blepharospasm at the onset]. (United States)

    Ohtsu, Mayu; Hayashi, Kitami; Tanaka, Teruyuki; Imai, Kaoru; Osawa, Makiko; Fukuyama, Yukio


    We report a 12-year-old boy with idiopathic torsion dystonia. Blepharospasm appeared at the age of 10, followed by truncal hypertonia and progressive scoliosis after 1 year. He had bizarre involuntary movement of his limbs upon waking, which was initially misinterpreted as a psychogenic reaction. Routine neurological examinations revealed no abnormality. Treatment with diazepam, bacrophen, 1-dopa, and clonazepam, led to only short time improvement of symptoms. At the age of 14, his symptoms gradually improved in natural course. At present he is 15 years old, and capable of normal daily activities. His clinical course was not typical of idiopathic torsion dystonia and very rare in children.

  7. Swallowing disorders in patients with blepharospasm Trastornos deglutorios en pacientes con blefaroespasmo

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    María G. Cersósimo


    Full Text Available Blepharospasm is a focal dystonia characterized by involuntary eye closure due to abnormal contraction of orbicular eyelid muscles. When blepharospasm is associated to the presence of involuntary oromandibular movements, it is termed Meige syndrome. The aim of this study was to investigate the presence of deglutition alterations in patients with concurrent blepharospasm and Meige syndrome. Twenty consecutive patients were studied by video fluoroscopy using a barium technique. The 4 stages of deglutition were investigated. Ninety percent of patients (18 cases presented deglutition disorders. The more commonly found alterations were premature food drop, 15 cases (83% and vallecuale residuals, 14 cases (78%. Sixty seven percent of abnormal findings occurred in the third stage of deglutition. Eighty-nine percent of patients (16 presented more than one swallowing alteration. There was a positive and significant correlation between the number of alterations and patient's age or disease duration. Prevalence of swallowing disorders in the healthy elderly population is reported to be 44%. In our series it reached 90%, suggesting that our findings might be related not only with age but also with a more widespread dystonia exceeding the orofacial muscles.El blefaroespasmo es una distonía focal caracterizada por el cierre involuntario de los ojos debido a la contracción anormal de los músculos orbiculares de los párpados. Cuando el blefaroespasmo se asocia a la presencia de movimientos involuntarios oromandibulares se denomina síndrome de Meige. El objetivo de este estudio fue investigar la presencia de alteraciones deglutorias en pacientes con blefaroespasmo y síndrome de Meige. Se incluyeron 20 pacientes consecutivos que fueron estudiados mediante vídeo fluoroscopia con técnica de bario. Se investigaron las 4 etapas de la deglución. El 90% de los pacientes (18 casos presentó trastornos en la deglución. Las alteraciones más comúnmente halladas

  8. Prefrontal Hemodynamic Functions during a Verbal Fluency Task in Blepharospasm Using Multi-Channel NIRS.

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    Chen-Yu Shen

    Full Text Available Blepharospasm (BSP has a morbidity of 16 to 133 per million and is characterized by orbicularis oculi spasms. BSP can severely impact daily life. However, to date, its pathophysiology has not been clearly demonstrated. Near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS is a portable, non-invasive, and high time resolution apparatus used to measure cerebral blood flow. This study aimed to investigate the hemodynamic response patterns of BSP patients and determine whether BSP alone can be an attributional factor to influence the function of the prefrontal area using a verbal fluency task (VFT and NIRS. Twenty-three BSP patients (10 males and 13 females and 13 healthy controls (HC; five males and eight females matched by gender and education were examined using NIRS. BSP patients were divided into two groups based on the presence or absence of depression and anxiety symptoms. A covariance analysis was conducted to analyze differences between the three groups and reduce the influence of different ages and educational levels. Bonferroni was used to process the post hoc test. The bilateral orbitofrontal area (ch36, 39, and 41; P<0.01 exhibited a lower activation in BSP patients without psychiatric symptoms compared with HC. This study is the first report to identify the prefrontal function in BSP using NIRS. Our findings indicate that BSP alone may cause a hypoactive hemodynamic performance in the prefrontal cortex in the absence of psychiatric symptoms. These findings provide evidence to support novel pathophysiological mechanisms of BSP.

  9. Sexual Well-Being in Patients with Blepharospasm, Spasmodic Torticollis, and Hemifacial Spasm: A Pilot Study. (United States)

    Perozzo, Paola; Salatino, Adriana; Cerrato, Paolo; Ricci, Raffaella


    Mood, anxiety, and other psychological symptoms are common in dystonic patients suffering from blepharospasm (BSP) and spasmodic torticollis (ST). Since sexual well-being is an important aspect of mental health, here, we investigated whether these patients may also experience a worsening of their sexual life. In particular, quality of sexual life was evaluated in patients suffering from BSP (N = 30), ST (N = 30), and in a control group of patient with Hemifacial spasm (HFS; N = 30), undergoing botulinum toxin type A therapy. A group of 30 age-matched healthy volunteers constituted an additional control group. Patients were evaluated just before the periodic injection of botulinum toxin. Sexual functioning was assessed using the Sexual Functioning Inventory, a reduced form of the Golombok Rust Inventory, previously employed in patients with Parkinson's disease. Depression (Beck Depression Inventory) and anxiety (STAI-X1/X2) were also assessed. Results revealed that sexual functioning was significantly affected in patients with BSP, ST, and HFS with respect to healthy controls. Dystonic patients manifested more sexual dysfunction than patients with HFS. Overall, females had a poorer quality of sexual life than males and, among females, women with BSP were the most dysfunctional. Psychological symptoms were present in patients with dystonia, but not in patients with HFS. As discussed in the paper, several factors might be taken into account to explain worse quality of sexual life in patients with dystonia compared to patients with hemifacial spasm. Among them an important role might be played by the central origin of dystonia pathophysiology (i.e., altered activity of cortico-striato-thalamic-cortical circuits). Future investigations are necessary to further explore these preliminary findings, considering that this is the first time that sexual well-being is evaluated in patients with BSP, ST, and HFS, and comparable data are not available.

  10. Sexual Well-Being in Patients with Blepharospasm, Spasmodic Torticollis, and Hemifacial Spasm: A Pilot Study (United States)

    Perozzo, Paola; Salatino, Adriana; Cerrato, Paolo; Ricci, Raffaella


    Mood, anxiety, and other psychological symptoms are common in dystonic patients suffering from blepharospasm (BSP) and spasmodic torticollis (ST). Since sexual well-being is an important aspect of mental health, here, we investigated whether these patients may also experience a worsening of their sexual life. In particular, quality of sexual life was evaluated in patients suffering from BSP (N = 30), ST (N = 30), and in a control group of patient with Hemifacial spasm (HFS; N = 30), undergoing botulinum toxin type A therapy. A group of 30 age-matched healthy volunteers constituted an additional control group. Patients were evaluated just before the periodic injection of botulinum toxin. Sexual functioning was assessed using the Sexual Functioning Inventory, a reduced form of the Golombok Rust Inventory, previously employed in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Depression (Beck Depression Inventory) and anxiety (STAI-X1/X2) were also assessed. Results revealed that sexual functioning was significantly affected in patients with BSP, ST, and HFS with respect to healthy controls. Dystonic patients manifested more sexual dysfunction than patients with HFS. Overall, females had a poorer quality of sexual life than males and, among females, women with BSP were the most dysfunctional. Psychological symptoms were present in patients with dystonia, but not in patients with HFS. As discussed in the paper, several factors might be taken into account to explain worse quality of sexual life in patients with dystonia compared to patients with hemifacial spasm. Among them an important role might be played by the central origin of dystonia pathophysiology (i.e., altered activity of cortico-striato-thalamic-cortical circuits). Future investigations are necessary to further explore these preliminary findings, considering that this is the first time that sexual well-being is evaluated in patients with BSP, ST, and HFS, and comparable data are not available. PMID:27761118

  11. Neurología funcional del blefaroespasmo Functional neurology of blepharospasm

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    Fidias E. León-Sarmiento


    Full Text Available El blefaroespasmo esencial benigno cursa con movimientos repetitivos anormales del cierre de los párpados y espasmo del músculo orbicular de los ojos. Modernas teorías postulan que este trastorno del movimiento se origina por alteraciones en el procesamiento de la información aferente, con posterior desintegración de dicha información a nivel del programa neural sensorimotor que existe en el sistema nervioso central, que se manifiesta luego como movimiento anormal en los individuos genéticamente susceptibles. Diferentes investigaciones que incluyen estudios imagenológicos, genéticos y neurofisiológicos han proporcionado nuevos hallazgos acerca de las áreas neurales involucradas en esta patología y la forma como se genera este trastorno. Dentro de estas investigaciones sobresale el estudio del reflejo del parpadeo obtenido eléctricamente, el cual consta de tres respuestas llamadas no-nociceptiva (R1, nociceptiva (R2 y ultranociceptiva (R3. Dicho reflejo y, principalmente, la respuesta refleja ultranociceptiva (R3 parece ser muy útil para entender más profundamente la fisiopatología de esta distonía focal y realizar la endofenotipificación funcional y seguimiento en la neuro rehabilitación correspondiente de este complejo problema neurológico.Benign essential blepharospasm is characterized by abnormal repetitive movements of lid closure and spasm of the orbiculari oculi muscles. Modern theories postulate that this movement disorder originates by abnormal processing of afferent information with further disintegration of the sensorimotor neural program at central levels of the nervous system all of which is seen as dystonic movements in genetically susceptible people. Different investigations including neuroimagin, genetic and neurophysiological studies have discovered new findings on what structures are involved and how this abnormal movement is generated. Among these research is noteworthy the study of electrically elicited

  12. Grey Matter Microstructural Integrity Alterations in Blepharospasm Are Partially Reversed by Botulinum Neurotoxin Therapy (United States)

    Chirumamilla, Venkata Chaitanya; Koirala, Nabin; Paktas, Burcu; Deuschl, Günther; Zeuner, Kirsten E.; Groppa, Sergiu


    Objective Benign Essential Blepharospasm (BEB) and hemifacial spasm (HFS) are the most common hyperkinetic movement disorders of facial muscles. Although similar in clinical presentation different pathophysiological mechanisms are assumed. Botulinum Neurotoxin (BoNT) is a standard evidence-based treatment for both conditions. In this study we aimed to assess grey matter microstructural differences between these two groups of patients and compared them with healthy controls. In patients we furthermore tracked the longitudinal morphometric changes associated with BoNT therapy. We hypothesized microstructural differences between the groups at the time point of maximum symptoms representation and distinct longitudinal grey matter dynamics with symptom improvement. Methods Cross-sectional and longitudinal analyses of 3T 3D-T1 MRI images from BEB, HFS patients prior to and one month after BoNT therapy and from a group of age and sex matched healthy controls. Cortical thickness as extracted from Freesurfer was assessed as parameter of microstructural integrity. Results BoNT therapy markedly improved motor symptoms in patients with BEB and HFS. Significant differences of grey matter integrity have been found between the two patients groups. The BEB group showed lower cortical thickness at baseline in the frontal-rostral, supramarginal and temporal regions compared to patients with HFS. In this group BoNT treatment was associated with a cortical thinning in the primary motor cortex and the pre-supplementary motor area (pre-SMA). Contrary patients with HFS showed no longitudinal CT changes. A decreased cortical thickness was attested bilaterally in the temporal poles and in the right superior frontal region in BEB patients in comparison to HC. Patients in the HFS group presented a decreased CT in the left lingual gyrus and temporal pole. Conclusions Although patients with BEB and HFS present clinically with involuntary movements of facial muscles, they exhibited differences

  13. Tratamento cirúrgico do blefaroespasmo essencial: relato de dois pacientes Surgical treatment of blepharospasm: report of two patients

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    Full Text Available Blefaroespasmo essencial pode ser tratado por diversas opções terapêuticas: clínicas em que se destaca entre outros o uso da toxina botulínica com suas vantagens e limitações, e algumas opções de tratamento cirúrgico. A técnica cirúrgica proposta por Gillum e Anderson oferece uma alternativa a pacientes resistentes ao tratamento clínico ou que durante a evolução da doença apresentem complicações secundárias. São analisados dois casos em que se indicou a miectomia dos músculos orbicular da pálpebra, prócero e corrugador do supercílio associados à blefaroplastia e ritidoplastia frontal por terem apresentado diminuição da resposta ao tratamento clínico. Ambos obtiveram bons resultados, retornando às suas atividades normais.Essential blepharospasm can be approached by several types of treatment: clinical in which the most important is the botulinum toxin with advantages and limitations; and some options of surgical treatment. The surgical technique described by Gillum and Anderson offers an alternative to patients resistant to the clinical treatment or with secondary complications. Two cases are analysed. Myectomy of all accessible orbicularis oculi, procerus and corrugator superciliaris muscle associated with blepharoplastic surgery and frontal lifting was indicated due to poor answer to clinical treatment. The results were satisfactory and both patients returned to their normal activities.

  14. Benign Essential Blepharospasm (United States)

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  15. Custos e eficácia da toxina botulínica tipo A no tratamento do blefaroespasmo essencial e espasmo hemifacial Costs and efficacy of type A botulinum toxin for the treatment of essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm

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    Cintia Gomes Galvão Lasalvia


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar os custos do tratamento para blefaroespasmo essencial e espasmo hemifacial com toxina botulínica tipo A (Dysport®, correlacionando-os com sua eficácia terapêutica. MÉTODOS: Análise de 50 prontuários de pacientes com blefaroespasmo essencial e espasmo hemifacial, submetidos à terapia com Dysport®, no período de abril de 2002 a maio de 2004 no setor de Óculo-Plástica da Santa Casa de São Paulo. Dos 50 pacientes, 27 apresentavam blefaroespasmo essencial e 23 espasmo hemifacial. Informações sobre grau de satisfação, queixas e custos pessoais foram obtidas mediante questionário. Os custos do medicamento e dos materiais foram pesquisados no almoxarifado e na farmácia da Santa Casa. Quanto ao custo das consultas, utilizou-se a tabela de pagamento do SUS. Para a estatística foram utilizados os testes de Wilcoxon e Mann-Whitney. RESULTADOS: O custo total anual do tratamento foi de R$ 1.239,32 para o blefaroespasmo essencial e R$ 661,72 para o espasmo hemifacial. Para o paciente, o custo anual foi de R$ 145,48 para o blefaroespasmo essencial e R$ 126,07 para o espasmo hemifacial. Para o hospital, o custo anual foi de R$ 1.095,84 para o blefaroespasmo essencial e R$ 535,65 para o espasmo hemifacial. O tratamento com Dysport® promoveu melhora funcional significativa nos dois grupos. CONCLUSÃO: O procedimento tem custo elevado, principalmente devido ao preço da toxina. Entretanto, pela análise econômica da saúde fica demonstrado que o procedimento possui excelente relação custo-benefício.PURPOSE: To evaluate the costs and efficacy of type A botulinum toxin in the treatment of essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm. METHODS: Pacients with essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm had their files analyzed. All patients were treated with type A botulinum toxin (Dysport® between April 2002 and May 2004 at the Oculoplastic Clinics of "Santa Casa de São Paulo". Twenty-seven patients presented essential

  16. A型肉毒毒素注射治疗眼睑及面肌痉挛的效果与护理%Effect and nursing of botulinum toxin type A injection treatment of blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm

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    刘敬楠; 董桂霞


    Objective To observe the effect of botulinum toxin type A injection treatment of blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm. Methods One hundred and five patients with blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm were given botulinum toxin A injecting on local face, the effect was analyzed. And mental nursing, injection nursing and health education were performed. Results After telephone follow-up or return visit, 105 cases were effective in 1 to 3 days on average (1.1 ±0.5) days; complete remission in 64 cases (60.95% ), apparent relieved in 28 cases (26.67%), partial remission in 6 cases (5.71% ). No systemic toxicity and allergic reactions occurred. Local side effects were minor and short. Conclusions Botulinum toxin A can effectively control blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm by injecting a little dose on local muscle. Attentive nursing measures were important to reduce physical and mental suffering for patients.%目的 探讨小剂量A型肉毒毒素多点注射治疗眼睑及面肌痉挛的临床疗效、安全性及护理方法.方法 105例眼睑及面肌痉挛患者,给予小剂量A型肉毒毒素多点注射治疗,进行复诊或电话随访,记录复诊、电话随访的临床指标,并给予心理护理、注射护理和健康教育.结果 经过电话随访或复诊,105例患者均在1~3 d内显效,平均(1.1±0.5)d;完全缓解64例(60.95%),明显缓解28例(26.67%),部分缓解6例(5.71%).无全身中毒及过敏反应,局部不良反应轻微、短暂.结论 小剂量A型肉毒毒素多点注射治疗眼睑及面肌痉挛的临床疗效确切,安全性较高,针对患者给予细心周到的护理,对患者康复、减轻其身心痛苦具有重要意义.

  17. A型肉毒杆菌毒素治疗面肌痉挛、 睑肌痉挛68例报告%Treatment of hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm with botudinum toxin A: clinical report of 68 cases

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    Aim: To evaluate the efficacy of Botulinum toxin A for hemifacial spasm and for the facialspasm and blepharospasm. Methods: a total of 68 individuals were enrolled in the clinical study. TheBotulinum Toxin A was locally injected into the involved muscles. The dosage for each injection was 1~2 ng/mL(2.5~50 U/mL). Results: The overall successful rate of relief of spasm was 100%. Amongthem, 85.3% of patients had excellent improvement on the spasm intensity scale, while the rest 14.7%of patients had moderate improvement. The beneficial effect began at the 4 h to 3days after the injection,and the duration of beneficial effects was 12~30 weeks. Only local side effects appeared in some pa-tients, but it was mild and reversible. Conclusion: Botulinum toxin A injection is an effective, safe andsimple therapeutic method for patients with hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm, and may be consideredas the first choice for the treatment of patients with hemifacial spasm and blepharospasm.%目的:探讨A型肉毒杆菌毒素治疗面肌痉挛和睑肌痉挛的效果。方法:应用A型肉毒杆菌毒素局部肌肉注射治疗共68例,药物浓度为0.1~0.2mg/ml(25~50 U/mL)。结果:有效率为100%,其中完全缓解85.3%,明显缓解及部分缓解14.7%,显效时间4 h~3 d,作用持续时间12~30周。无过敏和全身中毒反应。局部副作用轻微、可逆。结论:A型肉毒杆菌毒素治疗面肌痉挛和睑肌痉挛安全、简便,有效,可作为治疗面肌痉挛和睑肌痉挛的首选药物。

  18. 针刺联合甲钴胺穴位注射治疗眼睑痉挛临床观察%Clinical Observation of Acupuncture Combined with Acupoint Injection of Mecobalamin for the Treatment of Blepharospasm

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    Objective To study the clinical ef icacy of acupuncture combined with acupoint injection of mecobalamin in treating blepharospasm. Methods Total y 80 cases blepharospasm patients were randomly divided into two groups: 40 cases in the treatment group and 40 cases in the control group,the control group was given simple acupuncture treatment, the treatment group were given acupuncture combined with acupoint injection into Taiyang ( EX-HN5 ) with mecobalamin once each day, and a treatment course was 14 days with a five days interval, two groups were given two courses of treatment. Results The significant effective rate was 85.0 % in the treatment group and 62.5 % in the control group, and total ef ective rate was 95.0 % in the treatment group and 80.0 % in the control group, there was a statistical significant dif erence between them ( <0.05 ). Conclusion The ef ect of acupuncture combined with acupoint injection of mecobalamin for blepharospasm was positive, thus it was worth to be recommended in clinical practice.%目的观察针刺联合甲钴胺穴位注射治疗眼睑痉挛的疗效。方法将80例患者随机分为治疗组40例与对照组40例,对照组予针刺治疗,治疗组在针刺治疗的基础上,加用甲钴胺注射液太阳穴注射治疗,1次/d,14d为员疗程,中间停用5d,共使用两个疗程。结果治疗组显效率85.0%,总有效率95.0%;对照组显效率62.5%,总有效率80%,差异有统计学意义(<0.05)。结论针刺联合甲钴胺穴位注射治疗眼睑痉挛疗效显著,值得临床推广。

  19. Botulinum toxin A in the treatment of blepharospasm: a 10-year experience Toxina botulínica tipo A no tratamento do blefaroespasmo: experiência de 10 anos de utilização

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    Laura Silveira-Moriyama


    Full Text Available To evaluate the long-term effect of botulinum toxin type A (BTX in the treatment of blepharospasm, a retrospective analysis was conducted from the patients seen at the Movement Disorders Clinic of the Department of Neurology, Hospital das Clínicas, University of São Paulo School of Medicine from 1993 to 2003. A total of 379 treatments with BTX were administered to 30 patients with blepharospasm. Sixty six per cent of the subjects had used oral medication for dystonia and only 15% of them reported satisfactory response to this treatment. Ninety three per cent of the patients showed significant improvement after the first BTX injection. There was no decrement in response when compared the first and the last injection recorded. Adverse effects, mostly minor, developed at least once in 53% of patients. Six patients (20% discontinued the treatment but there was no case of secondary resistance.Para avaliar os efeitos a longo prazo da toxina botulínica tipo A (BTX no tratamento do blefaroespasmo foi realizado estudo retrospectivo no Ambulatório de Distúrbios do Movimento da Clínica Neurológica do Hospital das Clínicas da Faculdade de Medicina da Universidade de São Paulo de 1993 a 2003. Um total de 379 aplicações de BTX foram administradas a 30 pacientes com blefaroespasmo. Previamente ao tratamento com toxina botulínica 63% dos pacientes utilizaram medicação oral para blefaroespasmo, mas apenas 15% referiu resposta satisfatória a este tratamento. Noventa e três por cento dos pacientes tiveram resposta significativa à primeira aplicação de BTX. Não houve decremento na resposta quando comparada a primeira à última aplicação registrada dos pacientes. Efeitos adversos, em sua maioria leves, ocorreram pelo menos uma vez durante o tratamento em 53% dos pacientes. Seis pacientes interromperam o tratamento, mas não houve nenhum caso de resistência secundária.

  20. Clinical efficacy of two concentrations of diluted botulism toxin A for blepharospasm%两种不同浓度的A型肉毒素注射治疗眼睑痉挛的观察对比

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    赵敏; 孙重


    目的:观察两种不同浓度的A型肉毒素( BTX-A )治疗眼睑痉挛的疗效及不良反应。方法:将220例440眼患者(2013-01/2015-01来我科确诊为眼睑痉挛患者)随机分为高浓度组110例和低浓度组110例,分别采用40 U/mL和25 U/mL浓度局部注射到上下眼睑轮匝肌、皱眉肌、降眉肌、降眉间肌。观察两组BTX-A的用量、治疗效果、维持时间及不良反应。结果:高浓度组BTX-A的用量为48.33±4.02U,低浓度组BTX-A的用量为28.51±3.42U,差异有统计学意义( P<0.05),而高浓度组与低浓度组术后疗效评估、起效时间和疗效持续时间无统计学意义(P>0.05),高浓度组出现不同程度上睑下垂16例,低浓度组出现2例,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01)。两组均未出现中毒和药物过敏症状,上睑下垂发生后通常在3~6 wk内逐渐恢复,严重可以给予盐酸奈甲唑林点眼缓解。结论:两种不同浓度的BTX-A局部注射治疗眼睑痉挛的疗效是肯定的,鉴于对上睑下垂并发症的评估,推荐使用低浓度注射。%Abstract?AIM: To assess the efficacy and adverse reactions of two concentrations of diluted botulism toxin A ( BTX-A) for blepharospasm.?METHODS:Totally 220 patients (440 eyes) confirmedas blepharospasm in our department ( from January 2013 to January 2015 ) , were divided randomly into two groups:110 in high concentration group and 110 in low concentration group.The two groups were given local injections with 25 U/mL or 40 U/mL concentration of botulism toxin type A to the upper and lower eyelids orbicular muscle, corrugator, reducing eyebrow muscle and procerus respectively.We observed dosage of two groups, the treatment effect, the duration of the effect and the incidence of adverse reactions.?RESULTS: The high concentration group was given the BTX-A with 48.33 ±4.02U, the low concentration group was given the BTX-A with

  1. Executive functioning in patients with blepharospasm in comparison with patients with hemifacial spasm Funções executivas em pacientes com blefaroespasmo em comparação a pacientes com espasmo hemifacial

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    Fernando Machado Vilhena Dias


    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Non-motor symptoms have been described in primary dystonia, but the results on cognitive impairment in this condition are discordant. Blepharospasm (BM is a type of primary focal dystonia characterized by recurrent and involuntary eye blinking. Hemifacial spasm (HS, a condition with different pathophysiology, constitutes an adequate control group when investigating non-motor disturbances in BM. OBJECTIVE:To compare the performance of patients with BM and HS in the Frontal Assessment Battery (FAB. METHOD: Twenty-two patients with BM and 29 patients with HS were submitted to the FAB and the Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE. FAB scores were compared between the two groups. Correlations between FAB and sociodemographic and clinical variables were calculated. RESULTS: BM group was not different from HS in relation to gender, age, length of symptoms, educational level and performance in the MMSE. FAB scores were also similar in both groups. FAB scores correlated negatively with age and positively with educational level and MMSE scores. CONCLUSION: Executive functioning as assessed by FAB is not altered in BM in comparison with HS.INTRODUÇÃO: Alterações não-motoras são descritas na distonia primária, embora sejam conflitantes os resultados sobre prejuízo cognitivo nessa condição. Blefaroespasmo (BE é um tipo de distonia primária focal caracterizada por contrações recorrentes e involuntárias das pálpebras. Espasmo hemifacial (EH, cuja fisiopatologia é distinta do BE, constitui bom grupo controle quando se investiga alterações não-motoras no BE. OBJETIVO: Comparar o desempenho de pacientes com BE e com EH na Bateria de Avaliação Frontal (BAF. MÉTODO: BAF e Mini-Exame do Estado Mental (MEEM foram administrados a 22 pacientes com BE e 29 com EH. Os escores da BAF foram comparados entre os dois grupos. Correlações entre resultados na BAF e variáveis sócio-demográficas e clínicas foram calculadas. RESULTADOS: Os

  2. Toxina botulínica no blefaroespasmo, no espasmo hemifacial e na distonia cervical: resultados em 33 pacientes Botulinum toxin in blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm and cervical dystonia: results in 33 patients

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    Sérgio Ap. Novis


    Full Text Available Avaliamos os resultados terapêuticos obtidos com o emprego de toxina botulínica do tipo A em 33 pacientes com distonia (12 com blefaroespamo; 10 com espasmo hemifacial e 11 com torcicolo espasmódico. Utilizamos uma escala de pontuação de gravidade antes de cada aplicação, sendo reavaliados duas semanas após, seguindo a mesma escala. Entre os com blefaroespasmo, oito eram mulheres e quatro homens; a média de idade foi 57,7 anos; a média do tempo de doença de quatro anos; três tinham história similar na família; nove eram essenciais e três fizeram uso de neurolépticos (distonia tardia. A dose média empregada ficou em 51,3 U, com a duração média do efeito benéfico de 2,8 meses. Do total de 22 aplicações (injeções e reinjeções, 14 (63,7% tiveram resultado ótimo, 5 (22,7% bom e três (13,6% nulo. Naqueles com espasmo hemifacial, oito eram mulheres e dois homens; a média de idade foi 52,6 anos; a média do tempo de doença 7,4 anos; oito eram essenciais e dois pós-páralíticos. A dose média empregada ficou em 32 U. Do total de 15 aplicações, todos (100% tiveram resultado ótimo, com a duração média do efeito benéfico de 3,4 meses. Nos pacientes com distonia cervical, oito eram homens e três mulheres; a média de idade foi 44,2 anos; a média do tempo de doença 12,2 anos; seis eram essenciais, três fizeram uso de neuroléptico e dois tinham história familiar. A dose média empregada ficou em 238,6 U, com a duração média do efeito benéfico de 4,7 meses. Do total de 20 aplicações, 18 (90% tiveram resultado bom, 1 (5% regular e 1 (5% nulo. Ptose palpebral, paresia facial e disfagia foram os efeitos colaterais mais encontrados. Concluímos que a toxina botulínica revelou-se eficaz no tratamento destas condições.The effects of botulinum toxin type A were studied in 33 patients with dystonia (12 blepharospasms, 10 hemifacial spasms and 11 spasmodic torticollis. A rate scale was used to evaluate the severity

  3. Sexual well-being in patients with blepharospasm, spasmodic torticollis and hemifacial spasm: a pilot study

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    Paola Perozzo


    Full Text Available Mood, anxiety and other psychological symptoms are common in dystonic patients suffering from blepharospam (BSP and spasmodic torticollis (ST. Since sexual well-being is an important aspect of mental health, here, we investigated whether these patients may also experience a worsening of their sexual life. In particular, quality of sexual life was evaluated in patients suffering from BSP (N=30, ST (N=30, and in a control group of patient with Hemifacial spasm (HFS; N=30, undergoing botulinum toxin type A therapy. A group of 30 age-matched healthy volunteers constituted an additional control group. Patients were evaluated just before the periodic injection of botulinum toxin. Sexual functioning was assessed using the Sexual Functioning Inventory (SFI, a reduced form of the Gollombok Rust Inventory, previously employed in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Depression (Beck Depression Inventory and anxiety (STAI-X1/X2 were also assessed. Results revealed that sexual functioning was significantly affected in patients with BSP, ST, and HFS with respect to healthy controls. Dystonic patients manifested more sexual dysfunction than patients with HFS. Overall, females had a poorer quality of sexual life than males and, among females, women with BSP were the most dysfunctional. Psychological symptoms were present in patients with dystonia, but not in patients with HFS. As discussed in the paper, several factors might be taken into account to explain worse quality of sexual life in patients with dystonia compared to patients with hemifacial spasm. Among them an important role might be played by the central origin of dystonia pathophysiology (i.e. altered activity of cortico-striato-thalamic-cortical circuits. Future investigations are necessary to further explore these preliminary findings, considering that this is the first time that sexual well-being is evaluated in patients with BSP, ST and HFS, and comparable data are not available.

  4. IncobotulinumtoxinA Injection (United States)

    ... uncontrollable tightening of the neck muscles that may cause neck pain and abnormal head positions) in adults and blepharospasm (uncontrollable tightening of the eyelid muscles that may cause blinking, squinting, and abnormal eyelid movements) in adults ...

  5. Oral methylphenidate for the treatment of refractory facial dystonias. (United States)

    Eftekhari, Kian; Choe, Christina H; Vagefi, M Reza; Gausas, Roberta E; Eckstein, Lauren A


    Oral methylphenidate (Ritalin, Novartis) has been reported to alleviate symptoms of benign essential blepharospasm in an off-label application. This series presents 3 patients with refractory periorbital and facial dystonias, including blepharospasm, apraxia of eyelid opening, and oromandibular dystonia unresponsive to standard treatments who experienced a response to oral methylphenidate therapy. While the mechanisms for facial dystonias have not been elucidated, there is evidence to suggest that they are on the spectrum with Parkinson disease. Given the role of dopamine loss in the pathogenesis of Parkinson, the authors' speculate that methylphenidate may be acting on the pathway directly involved in facial dystonias. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of a case of successful treatment of blepharospasm refractory to upper eyelid myectomy with methylphenidate monotherapy.

  6. Aripiprazole Can Improve Apraxia of Eyelid Opening in Parkinson's Disease. (United States)

    Tokisato, Kaori; Fukunaga, Kimiko; Tokunaga, Makoto; Watanabe, Susumu; Nakanishi, Ryoji; Yamanaga, Hiroaki


    We herein report three cases of Parkinson's disease associated with difficulty in eyelid opening, referred to as apraxia of eyelid opening (AEO), which improved after aripiprazole treatment. In case 1, aripiprazole was administered as a psychiatric treatment. It proved to be effective in AEO with blepharospasm. In case 2 and case 3, the patients experienced AEO without blepharospasm, and a significant improvement was observed after aripiprazole treatment. In this study, the aripiprazole dosage ranged between 3 and 9 mg/day. This is the first report of aripiprazole as a potentially effective treatment for AEO in Parkinson's disease.

  7. Histopathology of a spontaneously developing mast cell sarcoma in a Wistar rat

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    Baselmans, A.H.C.; Kuijpers, M.H.M.; Dijk, J.E. van


    A case report is given of a very rare spontaneous mast cell tumor in the eyelid of the left eye of a female Wistar rat used in a long-term oral toxicity study. Metastasis of the tumor had occurred in the mandibular lymph nodes and in the liver. Clinically, the animal showed blepharospasm, dacryorrho

  8. Distichiasis in a ferret (Mustela putorius furo)

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    Verboven, CAPM; Djajadiningrat-Laanen, S.C.; Kitslaar, W.J.P.; Grinwis, G.C.M.; Schoemaker, N.J.; Boevé, M.H.


    A 4-year-old intact male ferret was presented to the Ophthalmology Service of the Department of Clinical Sciences of Companion Animals of Utrecht University with chronic blepharospasm, epiphora, and conjunctivitis of the right eye. Examination of the eye revealed mild conjunctivitis and three hairs

  9. Malassezia pachydermatis keratomycosis in a dog

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    Eric C. Ledbetter


    Full Text Available A 13-year-old female Lhasa Apso was presented for blepharospasm and conjunctival hyperemia of the right eye. Ophthalmic examination revealed an anterior stromal ulcer associated with a raised yellow corneal plaque. In vivo confocal microscopy and cytology of the cornea identified neutrophilic inflammation and yeast cells. Malassezia pachydermatis was isolated from a corneal scraping. Treatment with topical voriconazole ophthalmic solution resolved the keratitis.

  10. Apraxia of lid opening

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    Jebasingh Y


    Full Text Available Apraxia of lid opening is a condition where patients do not have ptosis but have difficulty in overcoming levator palpebrae inhibition. We report a patient who presented with difficulty in opening eyelids with out diurnal variation, ptosis or blepharospasm. The diagnosis of Apraxia of lid opening is confirmed by electro physiology. The possibility of apraxia of lid opening should be considered in patients who present with difficulty in opening eyes. Various causes of Apraxia of lid opening are discussed.

  11. [Therapy of dystonia in Japan]. (United States)

    Mezaki, Takahiro; Hayashi, Akito; Nakase, Hirofumi; Hasegawa, Kazuko


    A questionnaire about the treatment of dystonia was sent out to 585 councilors of Societas Neurologica Japonica. One hundred and sixty-eight replies (28.7%) were collected, although some of them were excluded from the analysis because of inappropriateness. 1) The number of patients previously experienced was 100; 17 (10.4%). 2) Oral medication was most often the first line treatment in either of generalized dystonia, blapharospasm, cervical dystonia, and writer's cramp. Botulinum toxin injection was the first or the second line treatment in 147 (87.5%) and 116 (69.0%) respondents for blepharospasm and cervical dystonia, respectively. In these two conditions, the more experienced doctors tended to prefer botulinum toxin injection to the other treatments as the first choice (Cochran-Armitage analysis; p = 0.003 for blepharospasm and p = 0.002 for cervical dystonia). 3) Among the oral drugs, anticholinergics, especially trihexyphenidyl, were the most frequent choice in generalized dystonia, cervical dystonia, and writer's cramp. For blepharospasm, clonazepam was most favored. Sedatives, especially diazepam, were also often the drug of choice in either of these disorders. The favored drugs were not related to the respondent's experience. 4) The success rate of treatment, designated as the percentage of patients who improved through any treatment so much that the respondent was satisfied with it, was the highest in blepharospasm (65.4 +/- 24.1; mean +/- SD), followed by cervical dystonia (41.2 +/- 23.4), writer's cramp (32.9 +/- 22.5), and generalized dystonia (20.4 +/- 19.8). Only in cervical dystonia, the rate was significantly higher in more experienced respondents (regression analysis; p = 0.008). In blepharospasm (p dystonia (p = 0.002), regression analysis indicated that the success rate was higher in the group who preferred botulinum toxin injection to oral medication as the first line treatment. These results indicate that in Japan the treatment of choice for

  12. Crotoxin in humans: analysis of the effects on extraocular and facial muscles

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    Geraldo de Barros Ribeiro


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Crotoxin is the main neurotoxin of South American rattlesnake Crotalus durissus terrificus. The neurotoxic action is characterized by a presynaptic blockade. The purpose of this research is to assess the ability of crotoxin to induce temporary paralysis of extraocular and facial muscles in humans. METHODS: Doses of crotoxin used ranged from 2 to 5 units (U, each unit corresponding to one LD50. We first applied 2U of crotoxin in one of the extraocular muscles of 3 amaurotic individuals to be submitted to ocular evisceration. In the second stage, we applied crotoxin in 12 extraocular muscles of 9 patients with strabismic amblyopia. In the last stage, crotoxin was used in the treatment of blepharospasm in another 3 patients. RESULTS: No patient showed any systemic side effect or change in vision or any eye structure problem after the procedure. The only local side effects observed were slight conjunctival hyperemia, which recovered spontaneously. In 2 patients there was no change in ocular deviation after 2U crotoxin application. Limitation of the muscle action was observed in 8 of the 12 applications. The change in ocular deviation after application of 2U of crotoxin (9 injections was in average 15.7 prism diopters (PD. When the dose was 4U (2 applications the change was in average 37.5 PD and a single application of 5U produced a change of 16 PD in ocular deviation. This effect lasted from 1 to 3 months. Two of the 3 patients with blepharospasm had the hemifacial spasm improved with crotoxin, which returned after 2 months. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides data suggesting that crotoxin may be a useful new therapeutic option for the treatment of strabismus and blepharospasm. We expect that with further studies crotoxin could be an option for many other medical areas.

  13. [Facial tics and spasms]. (United States)

    Potgieser, Adriaan R E; van Dijk, J Marc C; Elting, Jan Willem J; de Koning-Tijssen, Marina A J


    Facial tics and spasms are socially incapacitating, but effective treatment is often available. The clinical picture is sufficient for distinguishing between the different diseases that cause this affliction.We describe three cases of patients with facial tics or spasms: one case of tics, which are familiar to many physicians; one case of blepharospasms; and one case of hemifacial spasms. We discuss the differential diagnosis and the treatment possibilities for facial tics and spasms. Early diagnosis and treatment is important, because of the associated social incapacitation. Botulin toxin should be considered as a treatment option for facial tics and a curative neurosurgical intervention should be considered for hemifacial spasms.

  14. [Hemifacial spasm]. (United States)

    Krystkowiak, P


    Hemifacial spasm is one of the two most common craniofacial movement disorders (blepharospasm is the second one). It is characterised by unilateral involuntary contractions of muscles involved in facial expression that are innervated by the facial nerve. Most of the time, hemifacial spasm is a peripherally-induced movement disorder caused by vascular compression of the facial nerve near its origin from the brainstem. Although it is a benign condition, it can cause significant cosmetic and functional disability. It is a chronic disease and spontaneous recovery is very rare. The two treatments that are really efficient and routinely available are microvascular decompression and botulinum toxin muscular injections.

  15. Clinical-pathomorphological correlation in patients with symptomatic dystonias

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    Ivanović Nataša


    Full Text Available Symptomatic dystonia can be the result of various metabolic, degenerative diseases, the consumption of certain medications or exposure to toxic agents. However, only symptomatic dystonia with focal structural lesion provides a significant "window" for, at least indirect, perception of aetiopa-thogenesis and pathomorphological substratum of idiopathic dystonia. Our study included 57 patients with symptomatic dystonia, which as a base had focal or multifocal lesions, of whom 7 patients had generalized dystonia, 18 hemidystonia, 6 segmental dystonia, 7 torticollis, 6 blepharospasm, 7 hand dystonia, 3 spasmodic dysphonia, and 3 had oromandibular dystonia. Stroke was highly statistically the most frequent cause of structural lesions (33/57 or 58%. Relevant pathomorphological changes were present in 50/57 (88% patients, of whom 25 (50% had lesion in the lenticular nucleus (including individual damage of the putamen and globus pallidus, 12/50 (24% had damage of the thalamus and 6/50 (12% had damage of the brainstem. Generalized dystonia was most frequently associated with bilateral lesion of the putamen, hemidystonia with lesion of contralateral putamen, torticollis with damage of the caudate nucleus, hand dystonia with lesion of the thalamus and blepharospasm with lesion of the upper brainstem.

  16. Evaluating approaches to measuring ocular pain in bovine calves with corneal scarification and infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis-associated corneal ulcerations. (United States)

    Dewell, R D; Millman, S T; Gould, S A; Tofflemire, K L; Whitley, R D; Parsons, R L; Rowe, E W; Liu, F; Wang, C; O'Connor, A M


    Infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK) is a common ocular disease in cattle, associated with a 6.8 to 13.6 kg decrease in weaning weight. Antibiotic therapy is available but it is unclear if pain mitigation as an adjunct therapy would reduce the weight loss associated with IBK. Before assessing the impact of pain mitigation therapies, it is first necessary to validate approaches to qualifying ocular pain. The objective of this study was to evaluate approaches to qualifying ocular pain in bovine calves (Bos taurus) with IBK. Our a priori assumption was that scarification or corneal ulcerations consistent with IBK are painful compared to normal eyes. To quantify this difference in pain, we assessed 4 tools: pressure algometry-mechanical nociceptive threshold (PA-MNT), corneal touch thresholds (CTT) obtained with the use of a Cochet-Bonnet aesthesiometer, and assessment for the presence of blepharospasm and photophobia as metrics for pain. Using a 1-eye randomized controlled challenge trial, 31 calves with healthy eyes were randomly allocated to treatment groups, and then a left or right eye was randomly assigned for corneal scarification and inoculation with Moraxella bovoculi or Moraxella bovis. A repeated measures analysis of variance was used for PA-MNT, with significance set at P < 0.05. A log (base 10) transformation was used to stabilize the variance, and Tukey's t tests were used to test differences between assessment days for each landmark. Calves had statistically significantly lower PA-MNT scores (which indicates more pain) the day after scarification relative to baseline measurements (4 d before scarification). For example, at 1 landmark the median PA-MNT (kg/force) prescarification was 4.82 (95% confidence interval [CI]: 3.92-5.93) and 3.43 (95% CI: 2.79-4.22) postscarification. These data suggest PA-MNT may be a tool for quantifying ocular pain in calves. No differences (P < 0.1) in PA-MNT scores between scarified and not-scarified eyes were

  17. Direct detection of Ehrlichia canis by PCR in the conjunctiva of a dog with bilateral anterior uveitis. (United States)

    Walser-Reinhard, L; Schaarschmidt-Kiener, D; Forster, J L; Matheis, F; Spiess, B


    The following report describes the direct detection of Ehrlichia canis by real-time PCR in the conjunctiva of a 1-year-old female Maltese dog. After being imported from Brazil, the dog was presented because of anorexia, dehydration, fever, and palpable mandibular lymph nodes. A few days later, the dog developed bilateral blepharospasm, photophobia and anterior uveitis. Monocytic ehrlichia was diagnosed by a positive PCR result and the detection of IgM and IgG antibodies. Because of the massive uveitis a conjunctival sample was taken with a cytobrush, which also tested positive for Ehrlichia canis DNA by real-time PCR. Only one week after starting treatment with systemic doxycycline and local anti-inflammatory and cyclopalgic therapy the dog recovered from systemic and eye diseases. After therapy the follow-up examination revealed a full remission of clinical and hematological parameters and negative PCR result.

  18. Botulinum Toxin for the Treatment of Tremor and Tics. (United States)

    Lotia, Mitesh; Jankovic, Joseph


    The therapeutic applications of botulinum toxin (BoNT) have grown manifold since its initial approval in 1989 by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of strabismus, blepharospasm, and other facial spasms. Although it is the most potent biologic toxin known to man, long-term studies have established its safety in the treatment of a variety of neurologic and nonneurologic disorders. Despite a paucity of randomized controlled trials, BoNT has been found to be beneficial in treating a variety of tremors and tics when used by clinicians skilled in the administration of the drug for these hyperkinetic movement disorders. Botulinum toxin injections can provide meaningful improvement in patients with localized tremors and tics; in some cases, they may be an alternative to other treatments with more undesirable adverse effects.

  19. Botulinum toxin and its clinical aspects: An overview

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    Shatavisa Mukherjee


    Full Text Available Botulinum toxin (BTX, a potent neurotoxin which is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, consists of eight distinct neurotoxin serotypes referred to as (BTX type-A [BTX-A], B, C, D, E, F, G, H all of which inhibit acetylcholine release at the neuromuscular junction. BTX-A, by blocking acetylcholine release at neuromuscular junctions, accounts for its therapeutic action to relieve dystonia, spasticity, and related disorders. A wide variety of medical conditions such as bruxism, hyperhidrosis, achalasia, focal dystonia, upper motor neuron syndrome, blepharospasm, and chronic migraine are now treated with BTX. The cosmetological applications include correction of lines, creases, and wrinkling all over the face, chin, neck, and chest. Side effects are generally rare and minimal. Injections with BTX-A are well-tolerated. Discovery of further newer indications of this neurotoxin can enlighten the path of research in the field of neuroscience.

  20. The use of botulinum toxin in head and face medicine: An interdisciplinary field

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    Laskawi Rainer


    Full Text Available Abstract Background In this review article different interdisciplinary relevant applications of botulinum toxin type A (BTA in the head and face region are demonstrated. Patients with head and face disorders of different etiology often suffer from disorders concerning their musculature (example: synkinesis in mimic muscles or gland-secretion. This leads to many problems and reduces their quality of life. The application of BTA can improve movement disorders like blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, synkinesis following defective healing of the facial nerve, palatal tremor, severe bruxism, oromandibular dystonias hypertrophy of the masseter muscle and disorders of the autonomous nerve system like hypersalivation, hyperlacrimation, pathological sweating and intrinsic rhinitis. Conclusion The application of botulinum toxin type A is a helpful and minimally invasive treatment option to improve the quality of life in patients with head and face disorders of different quality and etiology. Side effects are rare.

  1. Development of future indications for BOTOX. (United States)

    Brin, Mitchell F


    Since the late 1970s, local injections of BoNT have provided clinical benefit for patients with inappropriately contracting muscles with or without pain or sensory disturbance. Marketing authorization for some BoNTs, depending on country, include core indications of dystonia (blepharospasm and cervical dystonia), large muscle spastic disorders (not yet approved in the United States, e.g., adult post-stroke spasticity and equinus foot deformity), hyperhidrosis and aesthetic. Subsequent development has extended to selected conditions characterized by recurrent or chronic pain (migraine headache), and urologic indications (neurogenic/idiopathic overactive bladder; prostate hyperplasia), with multiple additional opportunities available. Portfolio management requires a careful individual opportunity assessment of scientific and technical aspects (basic science foundation, potential to treat unmet medical need, product-specific risk in specific populations, therapeutic margin/safety profile, and probability of successful registration pathway). This article describes ongoing development targets for BOTOX.

  2. Ultraviolet Keratitis: From the Pathophysiological Basis to Prevention and Clinical Management. (United States)

    Willmann, Gabriel


    Ultraviolet keratitis is caused by the toxic effects of acute high-dose ultraviolet radiation (UVR) reflecting the sensitivity of the ocular surface to photochemical injury. The clinical syndrome presents with ocular pain, tearing, conjunctival chemosis, blepharospasm, and deterioration of vision typically several hours after exposure, lasting up to 3 days. Mountaineers, skiers, and beach recreationalists are particularly at risk to suffer from ultraviolet (UV) keratitis as the reflectivity of UVR in these environments is extremely high. The aim of this review is to raise awareness about the potential of UV damage on the eye with an emphasis on UV keratitis, to highlight the pathophysiological basis of corneal phototoxicity, and to provide practical guidance for the prevention and clinical management of UV keratitis commonly known as snow blindness.

  3. A case of Parkinson's disease with apraxia of lid opening and freezing of gait

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    To the Editor:The apraxia of eyelid opening (ALO) refers to a nonparalytic movement disorder of eyelid characterized bv transient difficulty in voluntarily initiating the act of lid elevation in spite of preserved alertness and language comprehension.1 Thetypical freezing of gait (FOG) is characterized by an abrupt difficulty in starting or continuing rhythmic and repetitive movements.The frequency of ALO was 0.3%-0.7% in Parkinson's disease (PD),2,3 and it almost concurrently occurred with blepharospasm (BPS) or other dystonia.Yoon et al3 reported 3 ALO cases with BPS out of 913 PD patients.It is rare that a PD patient presents isolated ALO (not with BPS or other dystonia) as well as FOG.We reported here a case of PD with isolated ALO and FOG.

  4. Feline thelaziosis caused by Thelazia callipaeda in Portugal. (United States)

    Soares, Carla; Ramalho Sousa, Sérgio; Anastácio, Sofia; Goreti Matias, Maria; Marquês, Inês; Mascarenhas, Salvador; João Vieira, Maria; de Carvalho, Luís Madeira; Otranto, Domenico


    Thelazia callipaeda (Spirurida, Thelaziidae) is a nematode that lives in the conjunctival sac of domestic and wild carnivores, rabbits and humans causing mild to severe symptoms (e.g., conjunctivitis, lacrimation, epiphora, blepharospasm, keratitis and even corneal ulceration) in infected animals. This report describes an autochthonous case of thelaziosis in a cat from the central region of Portugal, representing the most occidental record of thelaziosis in Europe. Adult nematodes recovered from alive animal were morphological identified as T. callipaeda. A portion of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit 1 gene (cox 1) from nematode specimens was amplified by PCR. Cox1 sequences of all specimens were identical to T. callipaeda haplotype 1. Additionally to these findings, a recent description of thelaziosis in the northern region of Portugal suggests that T. callipaeda has successfully established in Portugal.

  5. How Many Dystonias? Clinical Evidence. (United States)

    Albanese, Alberto


    Literary reports on dystonia date back to post-Medieval times. Medical reports are instead more recent. We review here the early descriptions and the historical establishment of a consensus on the clinical phenomenology and the diagnostic features of dystonia syndromes. Lumping and splitting exercises have characterized this area of knowledge, and it remains largely unclear how many dystonia types we are to count. This review describes the history leading to recognize that focal dystonia syndromes are a coherent clinical set encompassing cranial dystonia (including blepharospasm), oromandibular dystonia, spasmodic torticollis, truncal dystonia, writer's cramp, and other occupational dystonias. Papers describing features of dystonia and diagnostic criteria are critically analyzed and put into historical perspective. Issues and inconsistencies in this lumping effort are discussed, and the currently unmet needs are critically reviewed.

  6. How Many Dystonias? Clinical Evidence (United States)

    Albanese, Alberto


    Literary reports on dystonia date back to post-Medieval times. Medical reports are instead more recent. We review here the early descriptions and the historical establishment of a consensus on the clinical phenomenology and the diagnostic features of dystonia syndromes. Lumping and splitting exercises have characterized this area of knowledge, and it remains largely unclear how many dystonia types we are to count. This review describes the history leading to recognize that focal dystonia syndromes are a coherent clinical set encompassing cranial dystonia (including blepharospasm), oromandibular dystonia, spasmodic torticollis, truncal dystonia, writer’s cramp, and other occupational dystonias. Papers describing features of dystonia and diagnostic criteria are critically analyzed and put into historical perspective. Issues and inconsistencies in this lumping effort are discussed, and the currently unmet needs are critically reviewed. PMID:28217105

  7. Anatomical study of the variations in innervation of the orbicularis oculi by the facial nerve. (United States)

    Ouattara, D; Vacher, C; de Vasconcellos, J-J Accioli; Kassanyou, S; Gnanazan, G; N'Guessan, B


    While the divisions of the facial nerve in the face are well known, the innervation of the orbicularis oculi by the different distal branches of the facial nerve is poorly described. To determine which branches of the facial nerve play a role in this innervation, the facial nerve was dissected in 30 fresh cadavers. The innervation of this muscle was in the form of two plexuses, a superior one, most often (93%) formed by the union of the temporal and superior zygomatic branches, and an inferior one, usually formed (63%) by the union of the inferior zygomatic and superior buccal branches. This new mode of innervation explains how, without damage to both plexuses, innervation of orbicularis oculi by the facial nerve remains functional. It also explains the often unsatisfactory results of treatment of primary blepharospasm, and the unusual character of palsies of this muscle in cervicofacial lifts.

  8. Dorsally located corneal dermoid in a cat

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    Alexander J LoPinto


    Full Text Available Case summary A 2-month-old, male kitten was presented for evaluation of unilateral blepharospasm and epiphora involving the right eye. Ocular examination revealed conjunctivitis, a superficial corneal ulcer, reflex anterior uveitis and a haired mass within the dorsal cornea of the right eye. The mass was subsequently removed surgically via a lamellar keratectomy. Histologic evaluation of the mass via light microscopy revealed it to be comprised of normal-haired skin with mild inflammation. One week after surgical removal and medical management of the corneal ulcer, all ocular clinical signs had resolved with minimal corneal scarring. On re-examination 6 months following surgical excision of the mass, the kitten was noted to be comfortable with no significant corneal scarring. Relevance and novel information To our knowledge, this is the first case report of a dorsally located corneal dermoid in a cat.

  9. Ophthalmomyiasis interna anterior in a dog: keratotomy and extraction of a Cuterebra sp. larva. (United States)

    Edelmann, Michele L; Lucio-Forster, Araceli; Kern, Thomas J; Bowman, Dwight D; Ledbetter, Eric C


    A 1-year-old female spayed mixed-breed dog was presented for evaluation of acute onset of lethargy and blepharospasm OD. Slit-lamp biomicroscopy revealed a segmented larva embedded in the inferonasal iris. Moderate anterior uveitis was present. After pharmacologic dilation, mild vitreal hemorrhage and chorioretinal migration tracks were identified. The dog was treated empirically for uveitis for 5 days, after which a keratotomy and larval foreign body extraction was performed. The dog recovered uneventfully from intraocular surgery and remained visual and comfortable. Parasite evaluation confirmed the larva to be a Cuterebra sp. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of canine ophthalmomyiasis interna anterior, and the first report of successful surgical removal from the anterior segment in a dog with preservation of vision.

  10. Patients with ocular symptoms referred for electrodiagnosis: how many of them suffer from myasthenia gravis? (United States)

    Zambelis, Th; Pappas, V; Kokotis, P; Zouvelou, V; Karandreas, N


    The aim of this study was the diagnosis of patients with isolated ocular manifestations (ptosis and/or diplopia) referred for electrophysiological evaluation to the electrodiagnostic laboratory of a University Neurological Department. Examination was performed either in inpatient status or in outpatient basis. We analyzed the clinical, electrophysiological and other laboratory data in 79 subjects. Myasthenia gravis (MG) was diagnosed in 38 %, 45.6 % in other diseases (Graves disease, blepharospasm, IIId cranial verve palsy, multiple sclerosis, stroke, etc.), while in 16.5 %, the cause remained unidentified. Symptoms fluctuation was significantly more frequent in the myasthenic patients, compared to patients with other diseases. The presence of both diplopia and ptosis are more likely due to MG rather than other pathology.

  11. Effect of topical administration of tramadol on corneal wound healing in rats. (United States)

    Cuvas Apan, Ozgun; Ozer, Murat Atabey; Takir, Selcuk; Apan, Alparslan; Sengul, Demet


    In this study, we aimed to investigate the effects of topical tramadol administration on corneal wound healing, and examine ophthalmic structures and intraocular pressure 7 days after tramadol administration. The experiments were conducted on eight male Wistar rats (250-300 g). After ophthalmic examination, epithelial cell layers in the central cornea were wounded. Rats received 30 μL of tramadol hydrochloride in one eye (Group Tramadol) and the same volume of vehicle in the other (Group Control) every 12 h for 7 days. Both eyes were stained with fluorescein dye, photographed, and wound area was calculated every 8 h until complete healing was observed. Eye blink frequency and corneal reflex tests were measured before and after drug administrations. After 7 days, slit lamp biomicroscopy, fundoscopy, Goldmann applanation tonometry, and histological evaluation were performed. There was no difference in the corneal wound healing rates between the tramadol and control groups. Reduction in wound area over time was also similar; group-time interaction was insignificant (F = 738.911; p = 0.225). Tramadol application resulted in blinking and blepharospasm for 30 s, but vehicle did not. Corneal reflex was intact and eye blink frequency test results were similar in all measurement times in both groups. Slit lamp biomicroscopy, fundoscopy, and intraocular pressures were within normal range. Corneal cells appeared unaffected by the repeated doses of tramadol for 7 days. Topical tramadol application on the cornea did not cause any side effect, except for initial temporary blinking and blepharospasm. Corneal wound healing was not affected, either.

  12. Temporal discrimination thresholds in adult-onset primary torsion dystonia: an analysis by task type and by dystonia phenotype.

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    Bradley, D


    Adult-onset primary torsion dystonia (AOPTD) is an autosomal dominant disorder with markedly reduced penetrance. Sensory abnormalities are present in AOPTD and also in unaffected relatives, possibly indicating non-manifesting gene carriage (acting as an endophenotype). The temporal discrimination threshold (TDT) is the shortest time interval at which two stimuli are detected to be asynchronous. We aimed to compare the sensitivity and specificity of three different TDT tasks (visual, tactile and mixed\\/visual-tactile). We also aimed to examine the sensitivity of TDTs in different AOPTD phenotypes. To examine tasks, we tested TDT in 41 patients and 51 controls using visual (2 lights), tactile (non-painful electrical stimulation) and mixed (1 light, 1 electrical) stimuli. To investigate phenotypes, we examined 71 AOPTD patients (37 cervical dystonia, 14 writer\\'s cramp, 9 blepharospasm, 11 spasmodic dysphonia) and 8 musician\\'s dystonia patients. The upper limit of normal was defined as control mean +2.5 SD. In dystonia patients, the visual task detected abnormalities in 35\\/41 (85%), the tactile task in 35\\/41 (85%) and the mixed task in 26\\/41 (63%); the mixed task was less sensitive than the other two (p = 0.04). Specificity was 100% for the visual and tactile tasks. Abnormal TDTs were found in 36 of 37 (97.3%) cervical dystonia, 12 of 14 (85.7%) writer\\'s cramp, 8 of 9 (88.8%) blepharospasm, 10 of 11 (90.1%) spasmodic dysphonia patients and 5 of 8 (62.5%) musicians. The visual and tactile tasks were found to be more sensitive than the mixed task. Temporal discrimination threshold results were comparable across common adult-onset primary torsion dystonia phenotypes, with lower sensitivity in the musicians.

  13. Regional diffusion of botulinum toxin in facial muscles: a randomised double-blind study and a consideration for clinical studies with split-face design. (United States)

    Punga, Anna Rostedt; Eriksson, Annika; Alimohammadi, Mohammad


    Despite the extensive use of botulinum toxin A (BoNTA) in medical and cosmetic treatments, the potential spreading of BoNTA to surrounding tissues remains unknown. A patient with hemifacial paralysis upon blepharospasm treatment with low dose of BoNTA, prompted us to investigate the spreading effect. A randomised, double-blind study was conducted in which 5 healthy women (33-52 years) were treated with different doses of onabotulinum toxin unilaterally in the corrugator muscle. Parameters of efficacy and diffusion (CMAP; EMG and jitter analysis) in both glabellar and frontalis muscles were assessed at baseline, 2 and 4 weeks following BoNTA injection. CMAP of the treated glabellar muscles was reduced to approximately 40% in all dose groups. Additionally, contralateral CMAP reduction was observed in 3 of 5 subjects. These data confirm regional diffusion of BoNTA in facial muscle application, which raises question on the reliability of split-face models in BoNTA studies.

  14. Movement Disorders Following Cerebrovascular Lesion in the Basal Ganglia Circuit. (United States)

    Park, Jinse


    Movement disorders are primarily associated with the basal ganglia and the thalamus; therefore, movement disorders are more frequently manifest after stroke compared with neurological injuries associated with other structures of the brain. Overall clinical features, such as types of movement disorder, the time of onset and prognosis, are similar with movement disorders after stroke in other structures. Dystonia and chorea are commonly occurring post-stroke movement disorders in basal ganglia circuit, and these disorders rarely present with tremor. Rarer movement disorders, including tic, restless leg syndrome, and blepharospasm, can also develop following a stroke. Although the precise mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of these conditions have not been fully characterized, disruptions in the crosstalk between the inhibitory and excitatory circuits resulting from vascular insult are proposed to be the underlying cause. The GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid)ergic and dopaminergic systems play key roles in post-stroke movement disorders. This review summarizes movement disorders induced by basal ganglia and thalamic stroke according to the anatomical regions in which they manifest.

  15. Movement disorders induced by deep brain stimulation. (United States)

    Baizabal-Carvallo, José Fidel; Jankovic, Joseph


    Deep brain stimulation represents a major advance in the treatment of several types of movement disorders. However, during stimulation new movement disorders may emerge, thus limiting the positive effects of this therapy. These movement disorders may be induced by: 1) stimulation of the targeted nucleus, 2) stimulation of surrounding tracts and nuclei, and 3) as a result of dose adjustment of accompanying medications, such as reduction of dopaminergic drugs in patients with Parkinson's disease. Various dyskinesias, blepharospasm, and apraxia of eyelid opening have been described mainly with subthalamic nucleus stimulation, whereas hypokinesia and freezing of gait have been observed with stimulation of the globus pallidus internus. Other deep brain stimulation-related movement disorders include dyskinesias associated with stimulation of the globus pallidus externus and ataxic gait as a side effect of chronic bilateral stimulation of the ventral intermediate nucleus of thalamus. These movement disorders are generally reversible and usually resolved once the stimulation is reduced or turned off. This, however, typically leads to loss of benefit of the underlying movement disorder which can be re-gained by using different contacts, changing targets or stimulation parameters, and adjusting pharmacological therapy. New and innovative emerging technologies and stimulation techniques may help to prevent or overcome the various deep brain stimulation-induced movement disorders. In this review we aim to describe the clinical features, frequency, pathophysiology, and strategies for treatment of these iatrogenic movement disorders.

  16. Successful medical treatment for globe penetration following tooth extraction in a dog. (United States)

    Guerreiro, Cleo E; Appelboam, Helen; Lowe, Robert C


    A five-year-old entire male Tibetan Terrier was referred for left-sided periorbital swelling and blepharospasm 4 days following ipsilateral maxillary tooth extraction. Examination of the left eye revealed mild exophthalmos, pain on retropulsion, and absent menace response and pupillary light reflexes. Examination of the posterior segment was not possible owing to the anterior segment pathology. Differential diagnoses considered were iatrogenic globe penetration and peribulbar abscess/cellulitis. Ocular ultrasound was consistent with a penetrating wound to the globe. Treatment with systemic prednisolone and marbofloxacin, and topical atropine sulfate 1%, prednisolone acetate, and brinzolamide was started. Marked clinical improvement allowed visual confirmation of the perforation. Oral prednisolone was tapered over the following 10 weeks. At final re-examination (10 months), the patient was visual, and fundic examination revealed an additional chorioretinal scar, most likely an exit wound that was obscured by vitreal debris on initial examinations. Neither scar was associated with retinal detachment. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first reported case of successful medical management of iatrogenic globe penetration following exodontic procedures.

  17. Biological effects of short-term, high-concentration exposure to methyl isocyanate. I. Study objectives and inhalation exposure design

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    Dodd, D.E.; Frank, F.R.; Fowler, E.H.; Troup, C.M.; Milton, R.M.


    Early reports from India indicated that humans were dying within minutes to a few hours from exposure to methyl isocyanate (MIC). Attempts to explain the cause(s) of these rapid mortalities is where Union Carbide Corporation concentrated its post-Bhopal toxicologic investigations. The MIC studies involving rats and guinea pigs focused primarily on the consequences of acute pulmonary damage. All MIC inhalation exposures were acute, of short duration (mainly 15 min), and high in concentration. MIC vapors were statically generated in a double chamber exposure design. Precautionary measures taken during exposures are discussed. Guinea pigs were more susceptible than rats to MIC exposure-related early mortality. A greater than one order of magnitude difference was observed between an MIC concentration that caused no early mortality in rats (3506 ppm) and an MIC concentration that caused partial (6%) early mortality in guinea pigs (225 ppm) for exposures of 10 to 15 min duration. For both species, the most noteworthy clinical signs during exposure were lacrimation, blepharospasm, and mouth breathing. Fifteen minute LC/sub 50/ tests with 14-day postexposure follow-up were conducted, and the LC/sub 50/ (95% confidence limit) values were 171 (114-256) ppm for rats and 112 (61-204) ppm for guinea pigs. Target exposure concentrations for the toxicologic investigations of MIC-induced early mortality were established. A short summary of pertinent results of Union Carbide Corporation's post-Bhopal toxicologic investigations is presented.

  18. A novel mutation in CLCN1 associated with feline myotonia congenita.

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    Barbara Gandolfi

    Full Text Available Myotonia congenita (MC is a skeletal muscle channelopathy characterized by inability of the muscle to relax following voluntary contraction. Worldwide population prevalence in humans is 1:100,000. Studies in mice, dogs, humans and goats confirmed myotonia associated with functional defects in chloride channels and mutations in a skeletal muscle chloride channel (CLCN1. CLCN1 encodes for the most abundant chloride channel in the skeletal muscle cell membrane. Five random bred cats from Winnipeg, Canada with MC were examined. All cats had a protruding tongue, limited range of jaw motion and drooling with prominent neck and proximal limb musculature. All cats had blepharospasm upon palpebral reflex testing and a short-strided gait. Electromyograms demonstrated myotonic discharges at a mean frequency of 300 Hz resembling the sound of a 'swarm of bees'. Muscle histopathology showed hypertrophy of all fiber types. Direct sequencing of CLCN1 revealed a mutation disrupting a donor splice site downstream of exon 16 in only the affected cats. In vitro translation of the mutated protein predicted a premature truncation and partial lack of the highly conserved CBS1 (cystathionine β-synthase domain critical for ion transport activity and one dimerization domain pivotal in channel formation. Genetic screening of the Winnipeg random bred population of the cats' origin identified carriers of the mutation. A genetic test for population screening is now available and carrier cats from the feral population can be identified.

  19. Clinical and ultrasonographic findings of some ocular conditions in sheep and goats

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    O. El-Tookhy


    Full Text Available This study was carried out to describe the ultrasonographic findings in relation to the clinical symptoms of some common ocular conditions in sheep and goats. Fifty animals (32 goats and 18 sheep with different ocular problems were examined. Ultrasonographic examination was performed using a B-mode ocular ultrasound unit, and the structure of the globe was evaluated at a depth of 4-6 cm. Early cases (n=35, 70% showed varying ocular conditions; hypopyon, (n=8, 16%, stromal abscesses, (n=4, 8%, and anterior uveitis (n=23, 46%. Hypopyon appeared clinically as a white or yellowish material in the anterior chamber, and ultrasonographically as a hyperechoic mass in the anterior chamber. Severe iridocyclitis was noticed in acute cases of infectious keratoconjunctivitis (IKC accompanied by blepharospasm, photophobia, excessive tearing and eyelid margin crust formation. Ultrasonographically, the pupil appeared constricted with increased hyperechoic thickening of the ciliary body. In chronic cases of IKC, corneal pigmentation (n=5, 10% and cataract (n=10, 20% were seen. Ultrasonographically the type and degree of cataract were diagnosed. The present study provides an inside view of the inner ocular structures during the course of certain eye diseases where ophthalmoscopic examination is not possible. Our findings, although preliminary, are relevant for the more complete diagnosis of certain external ocular conditions in sheep and goat herds.

  20. Pain control in horses: what do we really know? (United States)

    Sanchez, L C; Robertson, S A


    Currently, approaches to pain control in horses are a mixture of art and science. Recognition of overt pain behaviours, such as rolling, kicking at the abdomen, flank watching, lameness or blepharospasm, may be obvious; subtle signs of pain can include changes in facial expression or head position, location in the stall and response to palpation or human interaction. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (i.e. phenylbutazone, flunixin meglumine and firocoxib), opioids (i.e. butorphanol, morphine and buprenorphine) and α2 -adrenergic agonists (i.e. xylazine, detomidine, romifidine and medetomidine) are the most commonly used therapeutic options. Multimodal therapy using constant-rate infusions of lidocaine, ketamine and/or butorphanol has gained popularity for severe pain in hospitalised cases. Drugs targeting neuropathic pain, such as gabapentin, are increasingly used for conditions such as laminitis. Optimal strategies for management of pain are based upon severity and chronicity, including special considerations for use of intra-articular or epidural delivery and therapy in foals. Strategies that aim to mitigate adverse effects associated with use of various analgesic agents are briefly discussed.


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    Xin-hua Wan; Kevin Dat Vuong; Joseph Jankovic


    Objective To evaluate efficacy and safety of botulinum toxin type B (BTX-B) in treatment of movement disorders including blepharospasm, oromandibular dystonia, hemifacial spasm, tremor, tics, and hypersecretory disorders such as sialorrhea and hyperhidrosis.Methods A retrospective study of BTX-B injections in treatment of 58 patients with various neurological disorders was performed. The mean follow-up time was 0.9 ± 0.8 years. Results of the first and last treatment of patients with at least 3injection sessions were compared.Results The response of 58 patients to a total of 157 BTX-B treatment sessions was analyzed. Of the 157 treatment sessions, 120 sessions (76.4%) resulted in moderate or marked improvement while 17 sessions (10.8%) had no response.The clinical benefits after BTX-B treatment lasted an average of 14 weeks. Of the 41 patients with at least 3 injection sessions (mean 10 ± 8.6), most patients needed increased dosage upon the last session compared to the first session. Nineteen patients (32.8%) with 27 sessions (17.2%) reported adverse effects with BTX-B treatment.Conclusios Though most patients require increased dosage to maintain effective response after repeated injections,BTX-B is an effective and safe treatment drug for a variety of movement disorders, as well as drooling and hyperhidrosis.


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    万新华; 汤晓芙; 王荫椿


    Objective. To introduce the properties of Chinese type A botulinum toxin (CBTXA, made by Lanzhou Institute of Biological Products), and its long-term effect for focal dystonia and hemifacial spasm. Method. The purity and recovery of crude and crystalline toxin were tested. Long-term data from 305 patients with hemifacial spasm (HFS), blepharospasm (BS) and cervical dystonia (CD) were evaluated and subgroups of patients received CBTXA injections between 1994 and 2000 in at least six separate treatment sessions, with follow up for 2-8 years. The therapeutic results of the last session CBTXA injections were analyzed in comparison with the first session. Result. CBTXA purity was high[(2.55~2.60)×107D50/mgPr, A260/A280 ≤0.55, high molecular substance accounted for 99.2% of total proteins]. Long term treatment with CBTXA in patients with focal dystonia and HFS was not associated with any decline in benefit, and efficacy may improve slightly with repeat treatments. CBTXA is an excellent long-term treatment of HFS, BS and CD. Conchusion. We conclude that Chinese type A botulinum toxin is of botulinum toxin therapy quality standard according to results obtained from the basic study and long-term clinical applications. The reinjection of CBTXA significantly improves the quality of life of most patients and is a safe, effective and comparatively economical treatment for patients with focal dystonia and HFS.

  3. A novel automated instrument designed to determine photosensitivity thresholds (Conference Presentation) (United States)

    Aguilar, Mariela C.; Gonzalez, Alex; Rowaan, Cornelis; De Freitas, Carolina; Rosa, Potyra R.; Alawa, Karam; Lam, Byron L.; Parel, Jean-Marie A.


    As there is no clinically available instrument to systematically and reliably determine the photosensitivity thresholds of patients with dry eyes, blepharospasms, migraines, traumatic brain injuries, and genetic disorders such as Achromatopsia, retinitis pigmentosa and other retinal dysfunctions, a computer-controlled optoelectronics system was designed. The BPEI Photosensitivity System provides a light stimuli emitted from a bi-cupola concave, 210 white LED array with varying intensity ranging from 1 to 32,000 lux. The system can either utilize a normal or an enhanced testing mode for subjects with low light tolerance. The automated instrument adjusts the intensity of each light stimulus. The subject is instructed to indicate discomfort by pressing a hand-held button. Reliability of the responses is tracked during the test. The photosensitivity threshold is then calculated after 10 response reversals. In a preliminary study, we demonstrated that subjects suffering from Achromatopsia experienced lower photosensitivity thresholds than normal subjects. Hence, the system can safely and reliably determine the photosensitivity thresholds of healthy and light sensitive subjects by detecting and quantifying the individual differences. Future studies will be performed with this system to determine the photosensitivity threshold differences between normal subjects and subjects suffering from other conditions that affect light sensitivity.

  4. An Unusual Cause of Dementia: Essential Diagnostic Elements of Corticobasal Degeneration—A Case Report and Review of the Literature

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    Full Text Available Corticobasal degeneration (CBD is an uncommon, sporadic, neurodegenerative disorder of mid- to late-adult life. We describe a further example of the pathologic heterogeneity of this condition. A 71-year-old woman initially presented dysarthria, clumsiness, progressive asymmetric bradykinesia, and rigidity in left arm. Rigidity gradually involved ipsilateral leg; postural instability with falls, blepharospasm, and dysphagia subsequently developed. She has been previously diagnosed as unresponsive Parkinson's Disease. At our clinical examination, she presented left upper-arm-fixed-dystonia, spasticity in left lower limb and pyramidal signs (Babinski and Hoffmann. Brain MRI showed asymmetric cortical atrophy in the right frontotemporal cortex. Neuropsychological examination showed an impairment in visuospatial functioning, frontal-executive dysfunction, and hemineglect. This case demonstrates that association of asymmetrical focal cortical and subcortical features remains the clinical hallmark of this condition. There are no absolute markers for the clinical diagnosis that is complicated by the variability of presentation involving also cognitive symptoms that are reviewed in the paper. Despite the difficulty of diagnosing CBD, somatosensory evoked potentials, motor evoked potentials, long latency reflexes, and correlations between results on electroencephalography (EEG and electromyography (EMG provide further support for a CBD diagnosis. These techniques are also used to identify neurophysiological correlates of the neurological signs of the disease.

  5. [A case of Meige's syndrome associated with post head trauma]. (United States)

    Kimura, T; Deshimaru, M; Inukai, K; Matsunaga, T; Miyakawa, T


    The pathogenesis of Meige's syndrome (MS) is controversial and has yet to be determined up to today. We studied a case of MS associated with post head trauma. The patient was a 52-year-old female. At the age of 46, she began to suffer from oro-lingual dystonia after head trauma induced by a traffic accident and the brief administration of neuroleptics to the delusion deteriorated the dystonia. She showed a wry appearance after 1 year and 6 months of the trauma and began to exhibit blepharospasms, oro-mandibular dystonia and cervical dystonia after 2 years and 3 months. For these symptoms her daily life became difficult. These symptoms were resistant to various drug therapies, although trihexyphenidyl relieved the symptoms transiently. Laboratory examinations and cranial MRI findings were normal. By surface electromyogram of ocular orbicular muscles, bilateral continuous discharge was observed. This patient was diagnosed as MS by clinical symptoms and surface electromyogram findings. It was inferred that the head trauma was associated with the development of MS. We discussed the pathogenesis of MS in the present case and it was speculated that MS was presented by a minute lesion of the brain stem which was produced at the time of the head trauma.

  6. Bleb incarceration following Ahmed valve surgery

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    Gross FJ


    Full Text Available Fredric J Gross, Giovanni DiSandro Department of Ophthalmology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, USA Abstract: Globe luxation is a painful and potentially vision-threatening condition in which the globe becomes trapped behind the eyelids requiring physician intervention in the emergency department or eye clinic. On presentation, the patient typically complains of an inability to close their eye, severe foreign body sensation, decreased vision, and significant eye pain. Although most visual symptoms are reversible and primarily result from exposure keratopathy, optic nerve damage, and permanent vision loss can occur from repeat or prolonged episodes of globe luxation. Risk factors include any congenital or acquired conditions that displace the globe anteriorly in the orbit and increased eyelid laxity that allows the globe to prolapse through the lid aperture. Typically, the precipitating event involves eyelid retraction during ophthalmic examination or an event that increases intraorbital pressure such as coughing or sneezing. Once the globe has luxated, the condition is typically worsened by blepharospasm and patients’ attempts to close the eye that worsen the entrapment. In the current case, the patient had a large superotemporal filtering bleb following Ahmed valve surgery for uncontrolled glaucoma. While instilling her glaucoma medication, she retracted her eyelids sufficiently to pull the upper lid over her filtering bleb where it became entrapped causing a similar presentation to globe luxation. Traditional methods of repositioning the globe were unsuccessful. Bleb needling was ultimately required to return the globe to a normal position. Keywords: luxation, globe, glaucoma

  7. Aspectos clínicos do entrópio de desenvolvimento em cães da raça Shar Pei Clinical aspects of developmental entropion in Shar Pei dogs

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    Full Text Available Avaliaram-se os aspectos clínicos do entrópio de desenvolvimento em filhotes de cães da raça Shar Pei. Utilizaram-se 50 animais com idades entre 18 e 128 dias, que apresentavam graus variáveis de inversão palpebral e lesões oculares, as quais foram classificadas de acordo com um modelo específico proposto. As lesões encontradas foram fotofobia, epífora, inversão da margem palpebral, blefarospasmo, conjuntivite, quemose, edema, erosão e vascularização da córnea e phthisis bulbi.The clinical aspects of entropion in puppies of the Shar Pei breed were studied using 50 animals, 18 to 128 day-old, that presented variable degrees of palpebral inversion and ocular lesions. The ocular lesions were classified according to a specific model. Photophobia, epiphora, palpebral margins inversion, blepharospasm, conjuntivitis, quemosis, corneal edema, erosion and vascularization and phthisis bulbi were observed.

  8. Optic Nerve Injury in a Patient with Chronic Allergic Conjunctivitis

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    Ribhi Hazin


    Full Text Available Manipulation of the optic nerve can lead to irreversible vision changes. We present a patient with a past medical history of skin allergy and allergic conjunctivitis (AC who presented with insidious unexplained unilateral vision loss. Physical exam revealed significant blepharospasm, mild lid edema, bulbar conjunctival hyperemia, afferent pupillary defect, and slight papillary hypertrophy. Slit lamp examination demonstrated superior and inferior conjunctival scarring as well as superior corneal scarring but no signs of external trauma or neurological damage were noted. Conjunctival cultures and cytologic evaluation demonstrated significant eosinophilic infiltration. Subsequent ophthalmoscopic examination revealed optic nerve atrophy. Upon further questioning, the patient admitted to vigorous itching of the affected eye for many months. Given the presenting symptoms, history, and negative ophthalmological workup, it was determined that the optic nerve atrophy was likely secondary to digital pressure from vigorous itching. Although AC can be a significant source of decreased vision via corneal ulceration, no reported cases have ever described AC-induced vision loss of this degree from vigorous itching and chronic pressure leading to optic nerve damage. Despite being self-limiting in nature, allergic conjunctivitis should be properly managed as extreme cases can result in mechanical compression of the optic nerve and compromise vision.

  9. The therapeutic usage of botulinum toxin (Botox in non-cosmetic head and neck conditions – An evidence based review

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    Kamran Habib Awan


    Full Text Available Botulinum toxin (Botox is an exotoxin produced from Clostridium botulinum. It blocks the release of acetylcholine from the cholinergic nerve end plates resulting in inactivity of the muscles or glands innervated. The efficacy of Botox in facial aesthetics is well established; however, recent literature has highlighted its utilization in multiple non-cosmetic medical and surgical conditions. The present article reviews the current evidence pertaining to Botox use in the non-cosmetic head and neck conditions. A literature search was conducted using MEDLINE, EMBASE, ISI Web of Science and the Cochrane databases limited to English Language articles published from January 1980 to December 2014. The findings showed that there is level 1 evidence supporting the efficacy of Botox in the treatment of laryngeal dystonia, headache, cervical dystonia, masticatory myalgia, sialorrhoea, temporomandibular joint disorders, bruxism, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm and rhinitis. For chronic neck pain there is level 1 evidence to show that Botox is ineffective. Level 2 evidence exists for vocal tics and trigeminal. For stuttering, facial nerve paresis, Frey’s syndrome and oromandibular dystonia the evidence is level 4. Thus, there is compelling evidence in the published literature to demonstrate the beneficial role of Botox in a wide range of non-cosmetic conditions pertaining to the head and neck (mainly level 1 evidence. With more and more research, the range of clinical applications and number of individuals getting Botox will doubtlessly increase. Botox appears to justify its title as ‘the poison that heals’.

  10. Extracapsular cataract extraction in horses by nuclear fragmentation using adapted instruments Facectomia extracapsular em eqüinos mediante núcleo fragmentação, com o emprego original de instrumentais adaptados

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    A.L.G. Souza


    Full Text Available It was studied the nuclear fragmentation technique for lens extraction in six adult horses using adapted surgical instruments. Postoperative assessment revealed a reduction of intraocular pressure in all animals during the first postoperative days, as well as varying degrees of photophobia, blepharospasm, corneal edema, and iridocyclitis. Fibrin formation mainly located in the axial portion of the pupilla was noted in most cases, affecting or impairing vision.Estudou-se a técnica de núcleo-fragmentação para a extração da lente em seis eqüinos adultos, utilizando-se instrumentais cirúrgicos adaptados. Nas avaliações pós-operatórias, verificou-se diminuição da pressão intra-ocular, em todos os animais, nos primeiros dias de pós-operatório e, ainda, fotofobia, blefarospasmo, edema de córnea e iridociclites, em graus diversos. Observou-se produção de fibrina que, na maioria dos casos, localizava-se na porção axial da pupila, dificultando ou impedindo a visão.

  11. Use of Botulinum Neurotoxin in Ophthalmology

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    Emel Başar


    Full Text Available Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT is the first biological toxin used in the treatment of ophthalmic diseases and to decrease skin wrinkles as an aesthetic agent. When used appropriately, it weakens the force of muscular contraction and/or inhibits glandular secretion. The most common areas for botulinum toxin treatment are the upper face, including the glabella, forehead, brows, and lateral canthal lines or crow’s feet. By relaxing the muscles causing wrinkles, non-permanent results may be achieved with its use. BoNT has gained widespread use in a variety of ophthalmic diseases. The effect of BoNT is temporary, but the therapeutic benefit is usually maintained even after repeated injections. Treatment is usually well tolerated. Complications and side effects associated with the treatment are rare and temporary. Complications occur due to weakness (chemodenervation of adjacent muscle groups, immunological mechanisms and injection technique. Current therapeutic indications, doses, complications and contraindications of BoNT use in the following disorders related to ophthalmology were investigated: aesthetic use, strabismus, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, eyelid retraction, entropion, lacrimal hypersecretion syndrome, and facial paralysis.

  12. Use of Botulinum Neurotoxin in Ophthalmology (United States)

    Başar, Emel; Arıcı, Ceyhun


    Botulinum neurotoxin (BoNT) is the first biological toxin used in the treatment of ophthalmic diseases and to decrease skin wrinkles as an aesthetic agent. When used appropriately, it weakens the force of muscular contraction and/or inhibits glandular secretion. The most common areas for botulinum toxin treatment are the upper face, including the glabella, forehead, brows, and lateral canthal lines, or crow’s feet. By relaxing the muscles causing wrinkles, non-permanent results may be achieved with its use. BoNT has gained widespread use in a variety of ophthalmic diseases. The effect of BoNT is temporary, but the therapeutic benefit is usually maintained even after repeated injections. Treatment is usually well tolerated. Complications and side effects associated with the treatment are rare and temporary. Complications occur due to weakness (chemodenervation) of adjacent muscle groups, immunological mechanisms and injection technique. Current therapeutic indications, doses, complications and contraindications of BoNT use in the following disorders related to ophthalmology were investigated: aesthetic use, strabismus, blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, eyelid retraction, entropion, lacrimal hypersecretion syndrome, and facial paralysis. PMID:28050326

  13. Histiocytic Sarcoma and Bilateral Facial Vein Thrombosis in a Siberian Hamster (Phodopus sungorus). (United States)

    Coble, Dondrae J; Shoemaker, Margaret; Harrington, Bonnie; Dardenne, Adrienne D; Bolon, Brad


    A 21-mo-old, male Siberian hamster (Phodopus sungorus) presented with left-sided facial swelling, proptosis of the left eye, and blepharospasm of the right eye. The hamster had been used only for breeding. Because of the poor prognosis, the hamster was euthanized without additional diagnostic assays or treatments. Routine gross pathologic evaluation demonstrated exophthalmos and presumptive hyphema of the left eye, bilateral facial edema, freely movable nodules within the mesentery, white foci within the liver, and a large mass effacing the cranial pole of the right kidney. On histologic evaluation, the mesenteric nodules and liver foci expressed histiocytic marker CD163 and thus were diagnosed as sites of histiocytic sarcoma, whereas the kidney mass was a well-differentiated renal cell carcinoma. The facial swelling resulted from bilateral, chronic, severe, branching thrombi in many facial veins. Additional age-related histopathologic findings were observed in other organs, including diffuse glomerulopathy, nesidioblastosis (pancreatic islet neoformation), and multiple foci of severe cartilage degeneration in the axial skeleton. To our knowledge, this report provides the first description of histiocytic sarcoma in a Siberian hamster.

  14. Speckle interferometric sensor to measure low-amplitude high frequency Ocular Microtremor (OMT) (United States)

    Ryle, James P.; Al-Kalbani, Mohammed; Gopinathan, Unnikrishnan; Boyle, Gerard; Coakley, Davis; Sheridan, John T.


    Ocular microtremor (OMT) is a physiological high frequency (up to 150Hz) low amplitude (150-2500nm) involuntary tremor of the human eye. It is one of the three fixational ocular motions described by Adler and Fliegelman in 1934 as well as microsaccades and drift. Clinical OMT investigations to date have used eye-contacting piezoelectric probes or piezoelectric strain gauges. Before contact can be made, the eye must first be anaesthetised. In some cases, this induces eyelid spasms (blepharospasm) making it impossible to measure OMT. Using the contact probe method, the eye motion is mechanically damped. In addition to this, it is not possible to obtain exact information about the displacement. Results from clinical studies to date have given electrical signal amplitudes from the probe. Recent studies suggest a number of clinical applications for OMT, these include monitoring the depth of anaesthesia of a patient in surgery, prediction of outcome in coma, diagnosis of brainstem death. In addition to this, abnormal OMT frequency content is present in patients with neurological disorders such as Multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease. However for ongoing clinical investigations the contact probe method falls short of a non-contact accurate measurement solution. In this paper, we design a compact non contact phase modulating optical fiber speckle interferometer to measure eye motions. We present our calibration results using a calibrated piezoelectric vibration simulator. Digital signal processing is then performed to extract the low amplitude high frequency displacement information.

  15. Induction of corneal collagen cross-linking in experimental corneal alkali burns in rabbits

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    Marcello Colombo-Barboza


    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate the effect of riboflavin-ultraviolet-A-induced cross-linking (CXL following corneal alkali burns in rabbits. Methods: The right corneas and limbi of ten rabbits were burned using a 1N solution of NaOH and the animals were then divided into two groups: a control group submitted to clinical treatment alone and an experimental group that was treated 1 h after injury with CXL, followed by the same clinical treatment as administered to the controls. Clinical parameters were evaluated post-injury at 1, 7, 15, and 30 days by two independent observers. Following this evaluation, the corneas were excised and examined histologically. Results: There were no statistically significant differences in clinical parameters, such as hyperemia, corneal edema, ciliary injection, limbal ischemia, secretion, corneal neovascularization, symblepharon, or blepharospasm, at any of the time-points evaluated. However, the size of the epithelial defect was significantly smaller in the CXL group (p<0.05 (day 15: p=0.008 and day 30: p=0.008 and the extent of the corneal injury (opacity lesion was also smaller (day 30: p=0.021. Histopathology showed the presence of collagen bridges linking the collagen fibers in only the CXL group. Conclusions: These results suggest that the use of CXL may improve the prognosis of acute corneal alkali burns.

  16. Botulinum neurotoxins for the treatment of focal dystonias: Review of rating tools used in clinical trials. (United States)

    Del Sorbo, Francesca; Albanese, Alberto


    Botulinum neurotoxins (BoNTs) are used to achieve therapeutic benefit in focal dystonia. An expert panel recently reviewed published evidence on the efficacy of BoNTs for the treatment of focal dystonias and produced recommendations for clinical practice. Another panel reviewed the clinimetric properties of rating scales for dystonia and produced recommendations for current usage and future directions. Considering that the strength of evidence derives not only from the quality of the study design, but also from usage of validated outcome measures, we combined the information provided by these two recent reviews and assessed the appropriateness of the rating instruments used in clinical trials on BoNT treatment in focal dystonia. Data sources included all the publications on BoNT treatment for focal dystonias reviewed by the recent evidence-based analysis. We reviewed all rating instruments used to assess primary and secondary outcome following BoNT treatment. The publications were allocated into five topics according to the focal dystonia type reviewed in the meta-analysis: blepharospasm, oromandibular dystonia, cervical dystonia, upper limb dystonia, and laryngeal dystonia. For each topic, papers were divided, according to the terminology used in the meta-analysis, into placebo-controlled, active comparator and methodological or uncontrolled. For each topic we identified the rating tools used in each study class and annotated which were the mostly used in each focal dystonia type. Outcome measures included tools related to motor and non-motor features, such as pain and depression, and functional as well as health-related quality of life features. Patient- and investigator-reported outcomes were also included. Rating instruments were classified as recommended, suggested, listed or not included, based on recommendations produced by the rating scale task force. Both primary and secondary outcome measures were assessed. As a final step we compared current practice, as

  17. Stades method for surgical correction of upper eyelid trichiasis-entropion: results and follow-up in 21 cases Método de Stades para a correção da triquíase-entrópio da pálpebra superior: resultados e acompanhamento de 21 casos

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    José Luiz Laus


    Full Text Available Trichiasis is a condition in which lhe cuia and facial hairs grow toward lhe córnea or the conjunctiva. The hairs arising from normal sites are pointed aí an abnormal direction. This condition may be caused by prominent nasal folds, entropion, blepharospasm, slipped facial mask and dermoids. The upper eyelid trichiasis-entropion with lower eyelid entropionectropion frequentiy occurs in oíder English Cocker Spaniels. The ocular signs often are epiphora, blepharospasm, conjunctivitis, keratitis and comeal ulceratíon. Treatment depenas on the severity ofthe condition and must eliminate the ocular contact by misdirected cuia that irritate the eyeball. This report presents a retrospective study of21 patients with bilateral diffüse trichiasis (15 English Cocker Spaniels; 2 Basset hounds; l Bloodhound; l Fila Brasileiro and 2 mongrel dogs. The procedure described by Stades was employed m ali cases. Postoperatively, topical chioramphenicol oiníment (qid was appiied in the conjunctival soe and on the open woundfor 2 weeks. Sutures were removed 10 days after surgery. Correction ofpositioning ofthe upper eyelid was successfúl and its apposition to córnea was normal. In most of the cases the reepithelialiwtion was complete one month after surgery. No signs ofrecurrence werefound and there appeared to be no loss of normal fünction of the eyelid in the 21 dogs available for follow-up examination in a maximum period of 36 months.Triquíase é a condição na qual os cílios e os cabelos faciais crescem em direção à córnea ou conjuntiva. Os pêlos que surgem de locais normais estão apontados em uma direção anormal. Essa condição pode ser causada por dobras nasais proeminentes, entrópio, blefarospasmo, pele facial redundante e dennóides. A triquíase-entrópio da pálpebra superior associada ao entrópio-ectrópio da pálpebra inferior, frequentemente, ocorre em English Cocker Spaniels idosos. Os sinais oculares são frequentemente ep

  18. Molecular Diagnostics and Genetic Counseling in Primary Congenital Glaucoma. (United States)

    Faiq, Muneeb; Mohanty, Kuldeep; Dada, Rima; Dada, Tanuj


    Primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) is a childhood irreversible blinding disorder with onset at birth or in the first year of life. It is characterized by the classical traid of symptoms viz. epiphora (excessive tearing), photophobia (hypersensitivity to light) and blepharospasm (inflammation of eyelids). The only anatomical defect seen in PCG is trabecular meshwork dysgenesis. PCG shows autosomal recessive mode of inheritance with considerable number of sporadic cases. The etiology of this disease has not been fully understood but some genes like CYP1B1, MYOC, FOXC1, LTBP2 have been implicated. Various chromosomal aberrations and mutations in mitochondrial genome have also been reported. Molecular biology has developed novel techniques in order to do genetic and biochemical characterization of many genetic disorders including PCG. Techniques like polymerase chain reaction, single strand conformational polymorphism and sequencing are already in use for diagnosis of PCG and other techniques like protein truncation testing and functional genomics are beginning to find their way into molecular workout of this disorder. In the light of its genetic etiology, it is important to develop methods for genetic counseling for the patients and their families so as to bring down its incidence. In this review, we ought to develop a genetic insight into PCG with possible use of molecular biology and functional genomics in understanding the disease etiology, pathogenesis, pathology and mechanism of inheritance. We will also discuss the possibilities and use of genetic counseling in this disease. How to cite this article: Faiq M, Mohanty K, Dada R, Dada T. Molecular Diagnostics and Genetic Counseling in Primary Congenital Glaucoma. J Current Glau Prac 2013;7(1):25-35.

  19. Capsaicin effects on blinking Efectos de la capsaicina en el parpadeo

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    Fidias E. Leon-Sarmiento


    Full Text Available Blinking is a normal human phenomenom involving trigeminal and facial patways. To gain understanding on the neurobiology of blinking, five normal subjects were investigated before and after application of transdermal capsaicin at the forehead for two weeks. No effects of topical capsaicin were detected in eye blink rates. However, when capsaicin was applied to a female subject with blepharospasm, she showed a dramatic restoration of her vision subsequent to blinking modification. Deactivation of abnormal A-to-C fibers cross talks at the trigeminal-facial pathways seems to be the most likely mechanism of such improvement.El parpadeo es un fenómeno normal en los humanos que involucra las vías trigéminas faciales. Con el fin de conocer un poco más la neurobiología de este fenómeno estudiamos cinco individuos normales antes y después de aplicar capsaicina trasdérmica en la frente de cada uno de ellos, por dos semanas. La frecuencia de parpadeo no se alteró con la aplicación de capsaicina tópica. Sin embargo, cuando la misma sustancia se aplicó a una paciente con blefaroespasmo hubo dramática restauración de su visión, la cual fue secundaria a la modificación de la actividad muscular palpebral. La desactivación del cruce patológico de información que pasa de las fibras A a las fibras C, pertenecientes a las vías trigémino-faciales, parece ser el mecanismo de acción relacionado con la aplicación de capsaicina, el que estaría directamente relacionado con la recuperación clínica observada en la paciente con blefaroespasmo.

  20. High-throughput mutational analysis of TOR1A in primary dystonia

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    Truong Daniel D


    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although the c.904_906delGAG mutation in Exon 5 of TOR1A typically manifests as early-onset generalized dystonia, DYT1 dystonia is genetically and clinically heterogeneous. Recently, another Exon 5 mutation (c.863G>A has been associated with early-onset generalized dystonia and some ΔGAG mutation carriers present with late-onset focal dystonia. The aim of this study was to identify TOR1A Exon 5 mutations in a large cohort of subjects with mainly non-generalized primary dystonia. Methods High resolution melting (HRM was used to examine the entire TOR1A Exon 5 coding sequence in 1014 subjects with primary dystonia (422 spasmodic dysphonia, 285 cervical dystonia, 67 blepharospasm, 41 writer's cramp, 16 oromandibular dystonia, 38 other primary focal dystonia, 112 segmental dystonia, 16 multifocal dystonia, and 17 generalized dystonia and 250 controls (150 neurologically normal and 100 with other movement disorders. Diagnostic sensitivity and specificity were evaluated in an additional 8 subjects with known ΔGAG DYT1 dystonia and 88 subjects with ΔGAG-negative dystonia. Results HRM of TOR1A Exon 5 showed high (100% diagnostic sensitivity and specificity. HRM was rapid and economical. HRM reliably differentiated the TOR1A ΔGAG and c.863G>A mutations. Melting curves were normal in 250/250 controls and 1012/1014 subjects with primary dystonia. The two subjects with shifted melting curves were found to harbor the classic ΔGAG deletion: 1 a non-Jewish Caucasian female with childhood-onset multifocal dystonia and 2 an Ashkenazi Jewish female with adolescent-onset spasmodic dysphonia. Conclusion First, HRM is an inexpensive, diagnostically sensitive and specific, high-throughput method for mutation discovery. Second, Exon 5 mutations in TOR1A are rarely associated with non-generalized primary dystonia.

  1. Computer vision syndrome: A study of the knowledge, attitudes and practices in Indian Ophthalmologists

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    Bali Jatinder


    Full Text Available Purpose: To study the knowledge, attitude and practices (KAP towards computer vision syndrome prevalent in Indian ophthalmologists and to assess whether ′computer use by practitioners′ had any bearing on the knowledge and practices in computer vision syndrome (CVS. Materials and Methods: A random KAP survey was carried out on 300 Indian ophthalmologists using a 34-point spot-questionnaire in January 2005. Results: All the doctors who responded were aware of CVS. The chief presenting symptoms were eyestrain (97.8%, headache (82.1%, tiredness and burning sensation (79.1%, watering (66.4% and redness (61.2%. Ophthalmologists using computers reported that focusing from distance to near and vice versa ( P =0.006, χ2 test, blurred vision at a distance ( P =0.016, χ2 test and blepharospasm ( P =0.026, χ2 test formed part of the syndrome. The main mode of treatment used was tear substitutes. Half of ophthalmologists (50.7% were not prescribing any spectacles. They did not have any preference for any special type of glasses (68.7% or spectral filters. Computer-users were more likely to prescribe sedatives/ anxiolytics ( P = 0.04, χ2 test, spectacles ( P = 0.02, χ2 test and conscious frequent blinking ( P = 0.003, χ2 test than the non-computer-users. Conclusions: All respondents were aware of CVS. Confusion regarding treatment guidelines was observed in both groups. Computer-using ophthalmologists were more informed of symptoms and diagnostic signs but were misinformed about treatment modalities.

  2. Efficacy of intrapalpebral and intramuscular application of oxytetracycline in a natural outbreak of infectious bovine kertoconjunctivitis (IBK) in calves. (United States)

    Starke, A; Eule, C; Meyer, H; Im Winkel, C; Verspohl, J; Rehage, J


    In a herd of 70 bull calves (4-5 months of age) kept on pasture, 56 (80%) animals showed, after natural infection with Moraxella bovis (M. bovis), typical clinical signs of infectious bovine keratoconjunctivitis (IBK). Eyes with epiphora, photophobia, blepharospasm and/or a corneal ulcer with a diameter of less than 5 mm were considered as moderately affected. Those with a corneal ulcer > 5 mm diameter and/or even more profound findings were considered as severely affected. The objective was to study in IBK affected calves in a prospective randomized case control study the therapeutic efficacy of intrapalpebral (i.p.) injections of oxytetracycline (OTC) (200 mg OTC-hydrochloride 10% in the upper eyelid of moderately affected and in both eyelids of severely affected eyes) and intramuscular (i.m.) treatment (long-acting OTC-dihydrate; 20 mg/kg body weight for both moderately and severely affected patients). 29 animals (20 moderately affected, 9 severely affected) were treated i.p. and 27 animals (19 moderately, 8 severely affected) were treated i.m.. For fly control, deltamethrin was applied to all bulls at d 0. The OTC-treatment was repeated at intervals of 3 - 8 d until recovery. All animals recovered within 42 days. The mean number of treatments per animal and the interval between diagnosis and assessment of healing were not affected by the method of OTC administration; the latter averaged out at about 10 d for moderately affected and 17 d for severely affected eyes. Significantly less medication was required per animal for i.p. than for i.m. treatments (moderately affected: 281 vs. 2033 mg; severely affected: 1156 vs. 3982 mg). In conclusion, both methods of OTC administration were found to be similarly effective for the treatment of IBK in calves.

  3. Application progress of botulinum toxin type A in the nervous system diseases%A型肉毒毒素在神经系统疾病中的应用研究进展

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    江伟; 何传斌


    In recent years, with the deepening study on the mechanism of botulinum toxin type A, the range of its applica -tions in the nervous system diseases continues to expand. Because botulinum toxin type A produces partial chemical dener-vation of the muscle resulting in a localized reduction in muscle activity, it can be used to treat hemifacial spasm, idio -pathic blepharospasm, oromandibular dystonia, spasmodic torticollis, tic disorder, limb spasticity after stroke and spastic cerebral palsy. In addition, it has recently begun to show some benefit in the control of hyperhidrosis ang excessive saliva -tion disease on account of its effects of the autonomic nervous system. It may also prove useful in treatment of a variety of headache and neuralgia owing to its analgesic effects. Therefore, botulinum toxin type A has become an important treatment option in the field of neurology.%近年来随着A型肉毒毒素作用机制研究的不断深入,其在神经系统疾病中的应用范围日渐扩大.因其肌肉化学性去神经支配效应可用于治疗面肌痉挛、特发性眼睑痉挛、口下颌肌张力障碍、痉挛性斜颈、抽动障碍、脑卒中后肢体痉挛和痉挛性脑瘫;因其植物神经系统效应可用于治疗多涎病症和多汗证;因其镇痛效应可用于治疗各种头痛和神经痛,故A型肉毒毒素已逐渐成为神经科领域一种重要的治疗手段.

  4. Sleep in patients with primary dystonia: A systematic review on the state of research and perspectives. (United States)

    Hertenstein, Elisabeth; Tang, Nicole K Y; Bernstein, Celia J; Nissen, Christoph; Underwood, Martin R; Sandhu, Harbinder K


    Patients with primary dystonia, the third most prevalent movement disorder, suffer from a markedly reduced quality of life. This might, at least in part, be mediated by non-motor symptoms, including sleep disturbances. Characterising and treating sleep disturbances might provide new inroads to improve relevant patient-centred outcomes. This review evaluates the state of research on sleep in patients with dystonia and outlines an agenda for future research. A literature search was performed in July 2014 using PubMed, Medline via Ovid, PsycInfo, PsycArticles via Proquest and Embase via Ovid. Search results were screened for eligibility by two independent raters. Peer-reviewed publications reporting on sleep in patients with primary dystonia were included. Of 1445 studies identified through the search strategy, 18 met the inclusion criteria. In total, the included studies reported on 708 patients diagnosed with focal dystonia (cervical dystonia or blepharospasm), torsion dystonia, and dopa-responsive dystonia. The results indicate that at least half of the patients with focal cranial dystonia suffer from sleep disturbances, but excessive daytime sleepiness is uncommon. Sleep disturbance is associated with depressive symptoms. The frequency and duration of dystonic movements is markedly reduced during sleep. Reduced sleep quality appears to persist after treatment with botulinum toxin that successfully reduces motor symptoms. The findings are limited by a high clinical and methodological heterogeneity. Future research is needed to i) further characterize subjective and PSG sleep in patients with different types of dystonia, ii) determine the aetiology of sleep disturbances (e.g., abnormal brain function associated with dystonia, side effects of medication, psychological reasons), and iii) test whether targeted sleep interventions improve sleep and quality of life in patients with primary dystonia.

  5. Treatment of Focal Dystonia with Botulismotoxin Type A%A型肉毒毒素治疗局限性肌张力障碍

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    吴裕臣; 万慧; 黄经纬


    摸索国产A型肉毒毒素(BTX-A)治疗局限性肌张力障碍之经验。方法:收集面肌痉挛30例,眼睑痉挛6例,Meige综合症3例,痉挛性斜颈2例,用CBTx-A局部注射治疗。结果:面肌痉挛,眼睑痉挛,Meige综合症.有效率100%,斜颈1例部分缓解。副作用较轻,包括眼脸下垂,面肌无力,吞咽障碍。结论:A型肉毒毒素治疗面肌痉挛,眼脸痉挛等局限性肌张力障碍疗效肯定,简便易行,副作用少,可作为该类疾病的首选治疗方法。%To evaluate the therapeutic effect of botulismotoxin type A (CBTX-A) for focal dystonia. Methods: Thirty patients with hemifacial spasm, Six with blephamspasm, three with Meige′s syndrome and two with cervical dystonia were treated using multifoeal injection of CBTX-A and their therapeutic efficacy were analyzed. Results: The effective rates of CBTX-A for the patients with hemifacial spasm, blepharospasm and Meige′s syndrome were 100%, and the syndrome of one patient with cervical dystonia was relieved partially.Mild side effects, including ptosis, weakness of facial muscles and dysphagia, were observed also. Conclusion:The results suggested that local injection of CBTX-A is a safe, effective, simple and the first line means for the treatment of focal muscular spasm.

  6. Temporary occlusion of the inferior lacrimal punctum and canaliculi of dogs with n-butyl-cyanoacrylate and 2-octyl-cyanoacrylate

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    Cristiane dos Santos Honsho


    Full Text Available The occlusion of the inferior lacrimal punctum limits tear drainage and thus keeps it over the ocular surface, prolongs lubrication and minimizes the need of ocular lubricants. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of n-butyl-cyanoacrylate and 2-octyl-cyanoacrylate adhesives in the occlusion of the inferior lacrimal punctum and canaliculi of dogs and their clinical repercussions over 180 days. Eleven dogs, were divided into two groups: occlusion with n-butyl-cyanoacrylate (GB, n=6 and with 2-octyl-cyanoacrylate (GO, n=5. Tear production, blepharospasm, ocular discharge, epiphora and conjunctival hyperemia were analyzed before the procedure and on days (T 3,7,15, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 150 and 180 after the procedure. Tear production of GB was significantly higher at T90 (P=0.0282 than its control. Variations between days showed that T7 (P=0.0069 and T180 (P=0.0207 varied significantly from T0. In the GO group, when treatment was compared to control, T15 (P<0.001 was significantly different from the rest. Variations between days showed that T15 was significantly different than T0 (P=0.0044, T3 (P=0.0234, T60 (P=0.0207 and T90 (P=0.0482. No significant difference was observed between the treatment groups at any given time. It was concluded that both adhesives were effective in occluding lacrimal drainage for long periods and could thus be considered as therapeutic options in treating animals with lacrimal deficiency

  7. Avaliação da fenda palpebral após aplicação de toxina botulínica tipo A em pacientes com distonias faciais Evaluation of palpebral fissure after botulinum toxin type A injection in patients with facial dystonias

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    Mariana Eleonora Pereira Cunial


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Avaliar a medida da fenda palpebral em pacientes com blefaroespasmo essencial benigno (BEB e espasmo hemifacial (EHF após a aplicação periocular de toxina botulínica tipo A. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados pacientes portadores de BEB e EHF submetidos à injeção periocular de toxina botulínica tipo A pela técnica inner orbital de aplicação. Os pacientes foram fotografados em PPO antes da aplicação e catorze dias depois dela. A fenda palpebral foi mensurada nestas imagens por meio de processamento computadorizado de imagens, utilizando o programa ImageJ. As alterações da fenda palpebral foram observadas comparando-se as medidas obtidas no pré e pós-aplicação. RESULTADOS: Comparando-se as imagens obtidas com o programa ImageJ, houve aumento estatisticamente significante (pPURPOSE: To evaluate the measurement of palpebral fissure in patients with facial dystonias before and after periocular injection with botulinum toxin type A. METHODS: We studied patients with benign essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm underwent periocular injection of botulinum toxin type A by the inner orbital technique of application. Patients were photographed 14 days before and after application. The palpebral fissure was measured in these images by means of computerized image processing using the program ImageJ. The palpebral fissure changes were observed by comparing the measurements obtained before and after application. RESULTS: Comparing the images obtained with the program ImageJ, there was a statistically significant increase (p <0.001 of the palpebral fissure in 14 eyes (51,8% after the application of periocular injection of botulinum toxin and the images analyzed showed no decrease of the palpebral fissure. CONCLUSION: In this study, patients with facial dystonias showed increased palpebral fissure periocular statistically significant after application of botulinum toxin type A.

  8. Considerations on patient-related outcomes with the use of botulinum toxins: is switching products safe?

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    Full Text Available Avram Fraint,1 Padmaja Vittal,2 Cynthia Comella2 1Department of Neurological Sciences, 2Section of Movement Disorders, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA Introduction: Botulinum toxin (BoNT is the treatment of choice for many neurologic movement disorders, including blepharospasm, hemifacial spasm, and cervical dystonia. There are two serotypes approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration: three brands of serotype A and one of serotype B. Many attempts have been made at establishing dose conversion ratios between brands and serotypes. This review focuses on the existing data comparing different formulations of the same BoNT serotypes as well as that comparing different serotypes with one another. We focus on existing data regarding switching from one formulation or serotype to another and will also discuss the issue of immunogenicity of BoNT. With this information as a foundation, recommendations on safety of switching agents are addressed. Method: Literature review searching PubMed and Google Scholar using the search terms “switching botox”, “dosing equivalency in botox”, and “comparing botox”. Results/conclusion: Overall, there are many studies that demonstrate the efficacy and safety of each of the brands of BoNTs used in clinical practice. However, determination of dosing equivalencies among these brands and serotypes is complex with inconsistencies among the studies. When switching from one brand to another, the clinician should be aware of these issues, and not make the assumption that such ratios exist. Tailoring the dosage of each brand of BoNT to the clinical situation is the most prudent treatment strategy rather than focusing closely on conversion factors and concerns for immunogenicity. Keywords: botulinum toxin, BoNT, abobotulinumtoxin A, onabotulinumtoxin A, incobotulinumtoxin A, rimabotulinumtoxin B

  9. Crotoxin in humans: analysis of the effects on extraocular and facial muscles Crotoxina em humanos: estudo da ação em músculos extraoculares e faciais

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    Full Text Available PURPOSE: Crotoxin is the main neurotoxin of South American rattlesnake Crotalus durissus terrificus. The neurotoxic action is characterized by a presynaptic blockade. The purpose of this research is to assess the ability of crotoxin to induce temporary paralysis of extraocular and facial muscles in humans. METHODS: Doses of crotoxin used ranged from 2 to 5 units (U, each unit corresponding to one LD50. We first applied 2U of crotoxin in one of the extraocular muscles of 3 amaurotic individuals to be submitted to ocular evisceration. In the second stage, we applied crotoxin in 12 extraocular muscles of 9 patients with strabismic amblyopia. In the last stage, crotoxin was used in the treatment of blepharospasm in another 3 patients. RESULTS: No patient showed any systemic side effect or change in vision or any eye structure problem after the procedure. The only local side effects observed were slight conjunctival hyperemia, which recovered spontaneously. In 2 patients there was no change in ocular deviation after 2U crotoxin application. Limitation of the muscle action was observed in 8 of the 12 applications. The change in ocular deviation after application of 2U of crotoxin (9 injections was in average 15.7 prism diopters (PD. When the dose was 4U (2 applications the change was in average 37.5 PD and a single application of 5U produced a change of 16 PD in ocular deviation. This effect lasted from 1 to 3 months. Two of the 3 patients with blepharospasm had the hemifacial spasm improved with crotoxin, which returned after 2 months. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides data suggesting that crotoxin may be a useful new therapeutic option for the treatment of strabismus and blepharospasm. We expect that with further studies crotoxin could be an option for many other medical areas.OBJETIVO: A crotoxina é a principal neurotoxina da cascavel sul-americana Crotalus durissus terrificus e sua ação neurotóxica caracteriza-se por um bloqueio pr

  10. Toxina botunílica tipo B no manejo de distonia não-responsiva a toxina botunílica tipo A Botulinum toxin type B in the management of dystonia non-responsive to botulinum toxin type A

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    sessões de 17,4 semanas (variação 16-18. Ela se tornou não-respondedora após a nona sessão. Primeiro tratamento com BTX-B, 6000U, recebeu escore 0. A segunda sessão, 12000U, produziu escore 4.Paciente 4- Com a idade de 69 anos este homem desenvolveu distonia cranial idiopática. Antes de ser atendido por mim, ele recebeu 6 sessões de BTX-A em outros serviços. Na minha instituição ele foi tratado com dose acumulada de 730U em 4 sessões com intervalo médio entre sessões de 16,3 semanas (variação 15-18, havendo perdido a resposta na sexta sessão. Tratamento com BTX-B, 12000U, produziu escore 4 e durou 20 semanas. Efeitos colaterais: dor local (todos os pacientes e ressecamento da boca e ptose palpebral (um paciente cada. CONCLUSÃO: Meus achados confirmam que injeções de BTX-B são eficazes e seguras para pacientes não-respondedores secundários a BTX-A. Os resultados também mostram ser necessário individualizar a dose de BTX-B para se alcançar melhores resultados.BACKGROUND: Botulinum toxin (BTX injection is the first choice treatment for focal dystonias. However 10% or more of patients who receive repetitive injections of BTX type A (BTX-A lose response (secondary non-responders. One of the strategies to manage such patients is to treat them with another serotype. The aim of this article is to describe my experience with BTX type B (BTX-B in the management of patients with focal dystonia who became secondary non-responders to BTX-A. METHOD: Open-label non-controlled use of BTX-B injections to treat dystonia patients who developed secondary nonresponse to BTX-A Response to treatment was rated on a 0-4 scale (Jankovic. RESULTS: Four patients entered the study. Pacient 1- At age 48 this man developed idiopathic cervical dystonia. Five years later he also presented with blepharospasm and idiopathic oromandibular dystonia. He was treated with 7604U of BTX-A along 23 sessions separated by a mean interval of 18.8 weeks (range 6-39. Loss of response was

  11. Aristotle's illusion reveals interdigit functional somatosensory alterations in focal hand dystonia. (United States)

    Tinazzi, Michele; Marotta, Angela; Fasano, Alfonso; Bove, Francesco; Bentivoglio, Anna Rita; Squintani, Giovanna; Pozzer, Lara; Fiorio, Mirta


    In focal hand dystonia, the cortical somatosensory representation of the fingers is abnormal, with overlapping receptive fields and reduced interdigit separation. These abnormalities are associated with deficits in sensory perception, as previously demonstrated by applying tactile stimuli to one finger at a time. What is still unknown is whether the sensory deficits can be observed when tactile perception involves more than one finger. To address this issue, we applied 'Aristotle's illusion' to 15 patients with focal hand dystonia, 15 patients with dystonia not affecting the hand (blepharospasm and cervical dystonia) and 15 healthy control subjects. In this illusion, one object touching the contact point of two crossed fingertips is perceived as two objects by a blindfolded subject. The same object placed between two parallel fingertips is correctly perceived as one. The illusory doubling sensation is because of the fact that the contact point between the crossed fingers consists of non-adjacent and functionally unrelated skin regions, which usually send sensory signals to separate spots in the somatosensory cortex. In our study, participants were touched by one sphere between the second-third digits, the second-fourth digits and the fourth-fifth digits of both hands, either in crossed or in parallel position, and had to refer whether they felt one or two stimuli. The percentage of 'two stimuli' responses was an index of the illusory doubling. Both healthy control subjects and dystonic patients presented Aristotle's illusion when the fingers were crossed. However, patients with focal hand dystonia presented a significant reduction of the illusion when the sphere was placed between the crossed fourth and fifth digits of the affected hand. This reduction correlated with the severity of motor disease at the fingers. Similar findings were not observed in non-hand dystonia and control groups. The reduction of Aristotle's illusion in non-affected fingers and its

  12. Genetic, Biochemical and Clinical Insights into Primary Congenital Glaucoma. (United States)

    Faiq, Muneeb; Sharma, Reetika; Dada, Rima; Mohanty, Kuldeep; Saluja, Daman; Dada, Tanuj


    Glaucoma is an irreversible form of optic neuropathy in which the optic nerve suffers damage in a characteristic manner with optic nerve cupping and retinal ganglion cell death. Primary congenital glaucoma (PCG) is an idiopathic irreversible childhood blinding disorder which manifests at birth or within the first year of life. PCG presents with a classical triad of symptoms (viz epiphora, photophobia and blepharospasm) though there are many additional symptoms, including large eye ball and hazy cornea. The only anatomical anomaly found in PCG is trabecular meshwork (TM) dysgenesis. PCG is an inheritable disease with established genetic etiology. It transmits through autosomal recessive mode. A number of cases are sporadic also. Mutations in many genes have been found to be causative in PCG and many are yet to be found. Mutations in cytochrome P4501B1 (CYP1B1) gene have been found to be the predominant cause of PCG. Other genes that have been implicated in PCG etiology are myocilin, Forkhead-related transcription factor C1 (FOXC1) and latent transforming growth factor beta-binding protein 2 (LTBP2). Mutations in these genes have been reported from many parts of the world. In addition to this, mitochondrial genome mutations are also thought to be involved in its pathogenesis. There appears to be some mechanism involving more than one genetic factor. In this review, we will discuss the various clinical, biochemical and genetic aspects of PCG. We emphasize that etiology of PCG does not lie in a single gene or genetic factor. Research needs to be oriented into a direction where gene-gene interactions, ocular embryology, ophthalmic metabolism and systemic oxidative status need to be studied in order to understand this disorder. We also accentuate the need for ophthalmic genetic facilities in all ophthalmology setups. How to cite this article: Faiq M, Sharma R, Dada R, Mohanty K, Saluja D, Dada T. Genetic, Biochemical and Clinical Insights into Primary Congenital Glaucoma

  13. Dopaminergic system abnormalities Etiopathogenesis of dystonia

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    Shuhui Wu; Huifang Shang; Xiaoyi Zou


    etiopathogenesis of several primary dystonias has been observed at the molecular level. CONCLUSION: Various abnormalities of the dopaminergic system exist for different forms of dystonia; therefore, much more research is needed in this area. At the molecular level, relationships between abnormalities of the dopaminergic system and etiopathogenesis of the following syndromes have been observed: dopa-responsive dystonia, early-onset torsion dystonia, X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism syndrome, myoclonus dystonia syndrome, primary cervical dystonia, and focal dystonia blepharospasm.

  14. Pediatric glaucoma: current perspectives

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    Full Text Available Giorgio Marchini, Marco Toscani, Francesca Chemello Eye Clinic, Department of Neurological and Movement Sciences, University of Verona, Verona, Italy Abstract: “Childhood glaucoma” is a heterogeneous group of severe pediatric conditions often associated with significant visual loss and characterized by elevated intraocular pressure (IOP and optic-disk cupping. Successful IOP control is crucial but challenging and most often achieved surgically, with medical therapy playing a supportive role. There are many classifications of childhood glaucoma, but they can simply be divided into primary, in which a developmental abnormality of the anterior chamber angle only exists, and secondary, in which aqueous outflow is reduced due to independent mechanisms that secondarily impair the function of the filtration angle. The worldwide prevalence of childhood blindness ranges from 0.03% in high-income countries to 0.12% in undeveloped countries. The majority of cases do not have an identified genetic mutation and, where the mutation is known, the genes often account for only a small proportion of cases. Several pathogenetic mechanisms are known to contribute to the development of childhood glaucoma. Whatever the cause, it results in a reduced aqueous outflow at the level of the trabecular meshwork. Age of onset and magnitude of the elevated IOP largely determine the clinical manifestation the high variability of clinical manifestations. Glaucoma from any cause in a neonate and infant is characterized by the classic triad of epiphora, photophobia, and blepharospasm, and could be associated with eye enlargement (buphthalmos and Haab striae. The eye examination, usually performed under general anesthesia, includes: tonometry, anterior-segment examination, gonioscopy, corneal diameter and axial length measurement, dilated fundoscopy with optic-nerve-head evaluation. Medical therapy, considering the high frequency of side effects, is generally used as

  15. Distonias: aspectos terapêuticos Dystonias: therapeutic aspects

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    João Carlos Papaterra Limongi


    Full Text Available Diversas abordagens terapêuticas são utilizadas em pacientes com distonias. Sempre que possível, causas específicas devem ser identificadas e tratadas. As modalidades de tratamento sintomático podem ser agrupadas em três categorias: tratamento farmacológico, cirúrgico e injeções locais de toxina botulínica. Cada uma dessas modalidades apresenta algumas vantagens e limitações. Formas generalizadas, particularmente as de ocorrência na infância, podem se beneficiar com drogas anticolinérgicas ou, em alguns casos, com a levodopa ou outros agentes tais como antagonistas da dopamina, baclofeno e benzodiazepínicos. As formas focais não respondem adequadamente ao tratamento farmacológico sistêmico mas beneficiam-se significativamente com injeções de toxina botulínica nos grupos musculares acometidos. Cerca de 90% dos pacientes com blefarospasmo e 70% daqueles com distonia cervical apresentam resposta satisfatória a esse tipo de terapia. O tratamento cirúrgico tem sido utilizado em algumas formas de distonias generalizadas (lesões estereotáxicas, axiais (rizotomias ou focais (miectomias e neurectomias com resultados variáveis.Several approaches have been employed for the treatment of dystonias. Possible specific causes should be searched for and specific treatment should be instituted. Different types of symptomatic treatment are grouped according to the following categories: pharmacological systemic therapy, surgical therapy and botulinum toxin injections in the affected muscles. Each of these approaches has its advantages and limitations. Generalized dystonias should be treated with anticholinergic agents. In some cases, levodopa or other drugs such as dopamine antagonists, baclofen and benzodiazepines should be preferred. Focal dystonias respond dramatically to local injections of botulinum toxin. Over 90% of patients with blepharospasm and 70% of patients with cervical dystonia present a satisfactory response to this

  16. Experimental lamellar keratoplasty in rabbits using microfibrilar cellulose membrane: clinical, morphological and immunohistochemical findings Ceratoplastia lamelar experimental em coelhos usando membrana microfibrilar de celulose: achados clínicos, morfológicos e imunoistoquímicos

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    Luciana Riacciardi Macedo


    Full Text Available The clinical, histopathological and immunohistochemical features of the cornea were investigated in adult male New Zealand rabbits submitted to lamellar keratoplasty with microfibrillar cellulose membrane. Thirty animals were divided into five groups (n=6 and evaluated up to 60 days after surgery. Clinical examination revealed moderate manifestations of edema, blepharospasm and photophobia on the second day, which became mild or disappeared after the seventh day. This period was characterized clinically by repair of the corneal defect. Histopathological analysis showed the presence of a thin layer of squamous cells covering the damaged area as early as 7th day, accompanied by a mild infiltrate of polymorphonuclear cells. Blood vessels were observed in the epithelium after the 15th day, which had regressed by day 48. Ki67 antibody labeling showed an increase of proliferating cells in the epithelium by the 15th day and in the stroma by day 30. Remodeling and epithelial adhesion were observed during this period. Microfibrillar cellulose membrane (Bionext® used for lamellar keratoplasty was found to yield good results considering the good integration of the implant.Avaliaram-se aspectos clínicos, histopatógicos e imunoistoquímicos da córnes de coelhos da raça Nova Zelândia adultos e machos em ceratoplastias lamelares com membrana de celulose microfibrilar. Trinta animais distribuídos em cinco grupos (n=6 foram estudados por até 60 dias de pós-operatório. A avaliação clínica revelou manifestações moderadas de edema, blefaroespasmo e fotofobia ao segundo dia, evoluindo para formas discretas ou ausentes a partir do sétimo dia, período em que se observou, clinicamente, reparo do defeito corneal. A histopatologia revelou uma fina camada de células escamosas, recobrindo a área lesada já aos sete dias, com discreto infiltrado de células polimorfonucleares. Observaram-se vasos no epitélio a partir do 15o dia, com regressão ao 48o dia

  17. Avaliação do filme lacrimal de pacientes com distonia facial durante tratamento com toxina botulínica tipo A Lacrimal film evaluation of patients with facial dystonia during botulinum toxin type A treatment

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    Patricia Grativol Costa


    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Determinar o efeito da toxina botulínica no filme lacrimal em pacientes com distonia facial. MÉTODOS: Foram incluídos 24 pacientes portadores de blefaroespasmo essencial e espasmo hemifacial que receberam aplicação de toxina botulínica tipo A que foram submetidos à propedêutica do filme lacrimal previamente à aplicação e após, com 7 e 30 dias. RESULTADOS: Houve diminuição das queixas de olho seco trinta dias após a aplicação, entretanto, o tempo de ruptura do filme lacrimal e o teste de Schirmer não demonstraram variação significativa entre os períodos pré-tratamento e 1 mês da aplicação. Em relação ao teste de coloração com rosa bengala, todos os olhos que coraram no pré-tratamento, melhoraram na última avaliação. CONCLUSÃO: A injeção de toxina botulínica pode aliviar as queixas de olho seco nos pacientes com distonia facial pela provável ação de inibição do orbicular na sua função de bomba lacrimal.PURPOSE: To determine the effect of botulinum toxin injection in the eyelid on lacrimal film in patients with facial dystonia. METHODS: Twenty-four patients with essential blepharospasm and hemifacial spasm were submitted to botulinum toxin injection and lacrimal film tests were performed before the application and after seven and thirty days. RESULTS: There was improvement in symptoms of dry eye and rose bengal test, however, the breakup time and Schirmer's test did not show significant variation between pretreatment and after 1 month of follow-up. CONCLUSION: The dry eye symptoms in patients with facial dystonia may be attenuated by botulinum toxin due to its possible inhibitory effect on the orbicular muscle leading to a decrease in lacrimal pump.

  18. Prótese intra-ocular de resina acrílica em cães e gatos Acrylic resin intraocular prosthesis in dogs and cats

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    aspects were: ocular secretion, signs of discomfort, blepharospasm and cosmetic effect. Results turned out to be satisfactory in eight animals. It was concluded that acrylic resin could be an alternative prosthesis for intraocular implant.

  19. Clinical Features of Hypocalcemic Myopathy Secondary to Hypoparathyroidism%甲状旁腺功能减退症继发低钙性肌病的临床分析1

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    王锁彬; 张津


    Objective To observe the features of hypocalcemic myopathy secondary to hypoparathyroidism (HP). Methods The symp-toms and signs, laboratory findings and treatments of 13 patients with hypocalcemic myopathy secondary to HP were analyzed retrospective-ly. Results 13 cases of HP were classified into idiopathic HP (8 cases), secondary HP (3 cases) and pseudo-HP (2 cases). The symptoms of hypocalcemic myopathy secondary to HP included tetany, episodic carpopedal spasm, muscle cramps and myalgias in the forearms and calves. It presented blepharospasm, trunk spasm and laryngospasm. Some patients demonstrated positive Trousseau's and Chvostek's sign. Serum level of creatine kinase (CK) and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) increased. The symptoms of myopathy released and the levels of CK and LDH decreased to normal level after enough calcium carbonate and calcitriol administration. Conclusion All types of HP (idiopathic, secondary and pseudo HP) can cause hypocalcemia and myopathy. Hypocalcemic myopathy secondary to HP would well recover by enough calcium carbonate and calcitriol treatment.%目的:观察甲状旁腺功能减退症继发低钙性肌病的临床特征。方法对13例甲状旁腺功能减退症继发低钙性肌病患者的临床表现、实验室检查特点和治疗方法进行回顾。结果13例患者分别为原发性甲状旁腺功能减退症8例,继发性3例,假性2例。继发低钙性肌病表现为发作性手足搐搦,发作性双手足、前臂、小腿痉挛且疼痛,还可见眼睑痉挛、躯干痉挛、咽喉痉挛。部分患者Trousseau征和Chvostek征阳性。血清肌酸激酶、乳酸脱氢酶水平升高。经给予足量碳酸钙和骨化三醇治疗,患者肌肉病症状缓解,肌酶恢复正常。结论原发性、继发性或假性甲状旁腺功能减退症均可引起低钙血症,导致肌肉疾病,补充足量碳酸钙和骨化三醇有效。

  20. Effects of topical 2% cyclosporine A on the corneas of dogs subjected to lamellar keratoplasty with a graft of equine pericardium preserved in glycerin: clinical and morphological evaluation Efeitos da aplicação tópica da ciclosporina A a 2% sobre a córnea de cães submetidos à ceratoplastia lamelar com implante de pericárdio de eqüino preservado em glicerina: avaliação clínica e morfológica

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    Full Text Available The effects of topical 2% cyclosporine A on the cornea of dogs subjected to experimental lamellar keratoplasty with an equine pericardial graft were evaluated. Ten dogs were grouped to be evaluated 3, 7, 15, 30 and 60 days after surgery. Animals received bilateral grafts followed by the application of a 2% cyclosporine A ointment on the left eye (treated eye and the ointment base on the right eye (control eye twice a day. The ophthalmic evaluation showed profound bilateral blepharospasm, photophobia and a mucous secretion until the 7th day after surgery; corneal vascularization starting in the limbus was observed as early as the 3rd day in both eyes; opacification and vascularization were more intense in the treated cornea on days 15 and 30 after surgery. Vascularization was still evident on the 60th day, and looked similar in treated eyes and control eyes. The histologic evaluation showed a complete bilateral reepithelization and corneal vascularization three days after the surgery; intense vascularization in both eyes on days 15 and 30, that was much more pronounced in the treated cornea; and a bilateral predominance of polymorphonuclear cells until day 15, and mononuclear cells on day 30. Intact epithelium and stroma with new vessels, as well as graft absorption, in both eyes, were seen on the 60th day. The lamellar keratoplasty with equine pericardial graft was an effective model to study the inflammatory kinetics and corneal vascularization phenomenon. In this study, cyclosporine A did not inhibit corneal vascularization and it did not interfere in the corneal cicatricial process.Foram avaliados os efeitos da ciclosporina A a 2% sobre a córnea de cães submetidos à ceratoplastia lamelar experimental com implante de pericárdio de equino. Dez cães foram divididos em grupos para estudo aos três, sete, 15, 30 e 60 dias de pós-operatório, recebendo implantes bilaterais e em seguida aplicação da pomada com ciclosporina A a 2% no olho

  1. Clinical trial of anterior stromal puncture and bandage contact lens in treating patients with recurrent epithelial defects%角膜浅基质针刺术联合绷带镜治疗复发性角膜上皮糜烂

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    李晓静; 李建南


    AIM: To assess the safety and efficacy of combination therapy using anterior stromal puncture ( ASP ) and bandage contact lens for recurrent epithelial defects. METHODS:ASP was used as a treatment for 23 eyes of 22 outpatients with recurrent epithelial defects. At the mean time, they wore bandage contact lens and used eyedrops.All patients report foreign-body sensation, blepharospasm, tearing and photophobia in the morning or evening, some with visual impairment. ASP was performed on every patient with a self-made 41/2 needle under surface anesthesia.The patients worn contact lens after the surgery.We observed symptoms of foreign-body sensation, photophobia, vision , epithelial and stromal scar healing at 3d; 1,2,4,8,12wk.The average follow-up period was 3 months, range 4wk-10mo. RESULTS: Twenty -two eyes became completely asymptomatic and 19 eyes (83%) were once cured. CONCLUSION:ASP with bandage contact lens turns out to be an effective, convenient, economical and repeatable therapeutic option for patients with recurrent epithelial defects, which can control the severe foreign -body sensation quickly.%目的:探讨角膜浅基质针刺( anterior stromal puncture , ASP)联合绷带式隐形眼镜针对角膜上皮反复糜烂治疗的有效性和安全性。  方法:复发性角膜上皮糜烂的门诊患者22例23眼,最初均采用保守药物治疗无效或反复后,采用角膜浅基质针刺联合配戴绷带式隐形眼镜治疗。治疗前所有患者均表现晨起或晚间异物感、流泪、眼睑痉挛、畏光,部分伴有轻度视力下降。表面麻醉后,在裂隙灯下,用4号半针头制成截囊针形状,尖端长0.3mm,垂直穿过疏松的上皮和前弹力层行角膜浅基质多点针刺,术毕配戴月抛式绷带式隐形眼镜。在治疗后3 d;1,2,4,8,12 wk共6个时间点观察患者异物感、视力、畏光、上皮愈合情况及基质瘢痕情况。平均随访3 mo。  结果:患者22

  2. Clinical aspects of the 360 º conjunctival graft and amniotic membrane cryopreserved transplantation in corneal ulcers in dogsAspectos clínicos do enxerto conjuntival 360º e do implante da membrana amniótica criopreservada no tratamento de úlceras de córnea em cães

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    Gabriel Thadeu Nogueira Martins Ferreira


    Full Text Available To evaluate the clinical application of implant of the canine cryopreserved amniotic membrane (DMEM plus DMSO 1:1 and 360° conjunctival flap in the treatment of progressive corneal ulceration. 10 dogs of the different breeds, males and females, aging four months to four years old with deep corneal ulceration and different clinical progression were divided in two groups: G1=360° conjunctival graft (n=5 and G2=implant of amniotic membrane, sutured at the edge of the ulcer with epithelial side facing up, associated with the third eyelid flap (n=5. The comparative analysis between groups was: complications, blepharospasm, ocular secretion, corneal vascularization, epithelial defect and corneal opacification in six moments (first emergency care, surgery and 3, 7, 15 and 30 days of postoperative. Without epithelial defect was evaluated quality of the scar. It was used score scale for subjective to qualify of the ocular signs. In G1, it was observed the non-adherence of the conjunctival graft to the ulcer (n=2, dehiscence of the suture (n=2, anterior synechia (n=2 and intense chemosis (n=1. In G2, it was not observed these complications. It was not significant difference between the groups to others ocular parameters, but it was different among the start and end moments of the same groups (ocular secretion, corneal vascularization, epithelial defect. The corneal opacity was more intense in G1. According to the clinical results, the cryopreserved amniotic membrane implant proved to be as effective in the corneal ulceration in comparison to the 360° conjunctival flap, because probably, the membrane promoted a trophic support for epithelialization, anti-inflamatory effect associated with important to the end result phenotype. Avaliar a aplicação clínica do implante da membrana amniótica canina criopreservada em DMEM (Dulbecco’s Modified Eagle’s Médium e DMSO4 (dimetilsulfóxido na proporção 1:1 e do enxerto conjuntival 360º no tratamento de

  3. Final report on the safety assessment of methoxyisopropanol and methoxyisopropyl acetate as used in cosmetics. (United States)


    ppm produced extreme discomfort with severe lacrimation, blepharospasm, and painful breathing. None of the concentrations tested impaired motor coordination or performance on neurological tests. The irritating effects subsided within 15 min to 24 h of removal from the inhalation chamber. The National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) recommended an 8-h time-weighted average for occupational exposure of 100 ppm. A margin of safety of 500 was determined, based on a calculated exposure from the normal use of nail polish remover products (100% absorption) and the NOAEL for reproductive toxicity. The absorption of Methoxyisopropanol through the nail is likely to be low, suggesting this margin of safety is conservative. Because Methoxyisopropanol is volatile, exposure by inhalation is possible, but the odor becomes objectionable at 50 to 75 ppm in air. The Cosmetic Ingredient Review (CIR) Expert Panel concluded that Methoxyisopropanol and Methoxyisopropyl Acetate are safe for use in nail care products in the practices of use and concentration as described in this safety assessment.

  4. Repair of lamellar scleral lesions in dogs with preserved equine renal capsule: short report Reparação de lesões lamelares esclerais em cães com cápsula renal de eqüino preservada: relato curto

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    Alexandre Lima de Andrade


    Full Text Available PURPOSE: To evaluate the u se of equine renal capsule preserved in glycerin to repair lamellar scleral lesions in dogs. METHODS: Twelve healthy mongrel dogs, male and female, weighing 12 kg were used. The study was both clinical and morphological, and performed on the first, third, seventh, 15th, 30th and 60th day after surgery. Temporal canthotomy was performed after standard preoperative and general anesthesia. Conjunctival and scleral square incisions of 0.5x0.5 cm were carried out in a one o'clock position, near the limbus. A fragment of hydrated biological prosthesis, of the same shape, was sutured with 7-0 vicryl® in an interrupted suture. RESULTS: The clinical evaluation showed blepharospasm/photophobia until the 7th day after surgery. Conjunctival edema appeared up to the 5th day after surgery. Mucoid ocular discharge was sustained until the 10th day after surgery. Hyperemia was observed until the end of the evaluation period. There were no signs of graft extrusion in all animals. The anterior and posterior segments did not show clinical signs of inflammation. The optical microscopy morphological evaluation showed an inflammatory exudation with acute aspects in the early and intermediate periods, and inflammatory exudation with chronic aspects in the late periods. There was incorporation of the implant by the recipient's sclera. CONCLUSION: These results suggest that the equine renal preserved capsule could be a useful alternative tissue to repair lamellar corneal lesions in dogs and humans.OBJETIVO: Avaliar o uso da cápsula renal de eqüino preservada em glicerina 98% no reparo de lesões lamelares esclerais em cães. MÉTODOS: Foram utilizados 12 cães, machos e fêmeas, com peso médio de 12kg. Foram realizadas avaliações clínica e morfológica aos 1, 3, 7, 15, 30 e 60 dias de pós-operatório. Após anestesia geral e procedimentos padrões de preparo do campo operatório, foi realizada cantotomia temporal, seguida de incis