Surgical therapy of spasmodic torticollis. Selective peripheral denervation

Richter, H.P.; Braun, V.

Fortschritte der Medizin 108(31): 589-592


ISSN/ISBN: 0015-8178
PMID: 2258129
Document Number: 366248
The authors report on their experience with 19 patients treated with a new operative procedure for spasmodic torticollis--microneurosurgical selective denervation of the hyperactive muscles. In comparison with earlier surgical approaches, the procedure, described by the Canadian neurosurgeon Claude Bertrand, is associated with a high success rate and an absence of the sequelae not infrequently seen with other procedures (stereotactic thalamotomy, intradural divisioning of the anterior roots C1-C3, etc.). The procedure is thus indicated whenever spasmodic torticollis still persists two years after onset, despite conservative therapy.

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