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Heavy Metal Curse: A Task-Specific Dystonia in the Proximal Lower Limb of a Professional Percussionist

André Lee, Eckart Altenmüller
From: Medical Problems of Performing Artists: Volume 29 Number 3: Page 174 (September 2014)

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Abstract: Task-specific musician's dystonia is highly disabling and mostly affects the upper limb or the embouchure. In a recent paper, lower limb dystonia was reported in a drummer, although no details were given as to its phenomenology and electromyography (EMG). In this paper, we report on the case of a 28-year-old drummer with a task-specific dystonia of the right thigh and describe the phenomenology of the dystonia, the EMG recording, and treatment. Furthermore, we discuss stiff leg syndrome and paroxysmal exercise-induced dystonia as two important differential diagnoses.
https://doi.org/10.21091/mppa.2014.3035

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