The Many Faces of Dystonia: A Frequently Misdiagnosed Disorder
By Cynthia L. Comella, MD
"The Many Faces of Dystonia" program was a series of four live programs held in New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Dallas. The primary objective of this program was to provide general neurologists, neurology residents and fellows with a working knowledge of the clinical features of dystonia and the approach to differential diagnosis. The course integrated didactic lectures with extensive video cases, and encouraged interactions between the faculty and participants.
The last course, held in Dallas, Texas, on November 1, 2008, attracted physicians, nurse practitioners and rehabilitation specialists. The faculty for the course included Susan Bressman, MD, Cynthia Comella, MD, and Mark Lew, MD.
It was a lively course with extensive discussions of the clinical features of generalized and focal dystonia, genetics, and pathophysiology. The participants were enthusiastic and provided cases of their own for discussion.
This series of courses was funded by an unrestricted educational grant from Allergan Pharmaceuticals, and was very successful in providing an overview of dystonia to neurologists and those in related fields.
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