Blepharospasm

Common Name(s)

Blepharospasm, Benign Essential Blepharospasm (BEB)

Benign essential blepharospasm is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by involuntary muscle contractions and spasms of the eyelid muscles. It is a form of 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.
 

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Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc.

The Mission of the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc. is to fund and promote medical research in the search for the cause and cure of blepharospasm, Meige, and other related disorders of the facial musculature, to provide support, education and referrals to persons with these disorders, and to disseminate information and serve as an authoritative resource to the medical community and the general public.

Last Updated: 22 Oct 2012

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Following organizations serve the condition "Blepharospasm" for support, advocacy or research.

Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc.

The Mission of the Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc. is to fund and promote medical research in the search for the cause and cure of blepharospasm, Meige, and other related disorders of the facial musculature, to provide support, education and referrals to persons with these disorders, and to disseminate information and serve as an authoritative resource to the medical community and the general public.

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Last Updated: 22 Oct 2012

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The terms "Blepharospasm" returned 69 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Development and validation of a clinical guideline for diagnosing blepharospasm.
 

Author(s): Giovanni Defazio, Mark Hallett, Hyder A Jinnah, Alfredo Berardelli

Journal: Neurology. 2013 Jul;81(3):236-40.

 

To design and validate a clinical diagnostic guideline for aiding physicians in confirming or refuting suspected blepharospasm.

Last Updated: 16 Jul 2013

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Is increased blinking a form of blepharospasm?
 

Author(s): Antonella Conte, Giovanni Defazio, Gina Ferrazzano, Mark Hallett, Antonella Macerollo, Giovanni Fabbrini, Alfredo Berardelli

Journal: Neurology. 2013 Jun;80(24):2236-41.

 

The aim of this study was to investigate whether increased blink rate (BR) is part of the clinical spectrum of primary blepharospasm (BSP).

Last Updated: 11 Jun 2013

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Last Updated: 22 Apr 2013

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The terms "Blepharospasm" returned 7 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Secondary blepharospasm associated with structural lesions of the brain.
 

Author(s): M A Khooshnoodi, S A Factor, H A Jinnah

Journal: J. Neurol. Sci.. 2013 Aug;331(1-2):98-101.

 

Blepharospasm is a form of focal dystonia that manifests as repetitive involuntary closure of the eyes. The pathogenesis of blepharospasm and the neuroanatomic substrates involved are not fully understood. Dysfunction of the basal ganglia traditionally is presumed to be the main cause ...

Last Updated: 8 Jul 2013

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[Essential blepharospasm: literature review].
 

Author(s): André Gustavo Bombana Nicoletti, Lísia Aoki, Tatiana Rizkallah Nahas, Suzana Matayoshi

Journal: Arq Bras Oftalmol. ;73(5):469-73.

 

Essential blepharospasm is a focal distonia characterized by involuntary, spasmodic, bilateral contractions of eyelid protractors. This is a rare disease, which diagnosis is frequently late and symptoms may progress until functional blindness. In this article, we perform a review ...

Last Updated: 12 Jan 2011

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Difficulties with differentiating botulinum toxin treatment effects in essential blepharospasm.
 

Author(s): Bettina Wabbels, Wolfgang H Jost, Peter Roggenkämper

Journal: J Neural Transm. 2011 Jun;118(6):925-43.

 

Blepharospasm is a focal dystonia in which the extraocular muscles contract repetitively, leading to excessive blinking and forced eyelid closure. Botulinum toxin type A (BoNTA) is the primary symptomatic treatment for blepharospasm and its effects have been evaluated using numerous ...

Last Updated: 31 May 2011

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Last Updated: 22 Jul 2014

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Testing the Effect of Zinc Supplementation to Improve the Treatment Effect of Botulinum Toxin for Oculofacial Spasm
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Blepharospasm; Hemifacial Spasm

 

Last Updated: 1 Mar 2012

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Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 for Blepharospasm
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Focal Dystonia

 

Last Updated: 18 Jul 2014

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