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- Benign Essential Blepharospasm
dystonia, a movement disorder in which muscle contractions cause sustained eyelid closure, twitching or repetitive movements. Benign essential blepharospasm occurs in both men and women, although it is especially common in middle-aged and elderly women. Most cases are treated with botulinum toxin injections. The exact cause of benign essential blepharospasm is unknown.Benign essential blepharospasm is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions and spasms of the eyelid muscles. It is a form of
Last updated: 7/22/2009
- NINDS Benign Essential Blepharospasm Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2007; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/blepharospasm/blepharospasm.htm. Accessed 7/22/2009.
- Hallett M. Blepharospasm, Benign Essential. National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD). 2007; http://www.rarediseases.org/search/rdbdetail_abstract.html?disname=Blepharospasm%2C%20Benign%20Essential. Accessed 6/22/2009.
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