Diagnosis and Treatment of Dystonia Syndromes Course Report
By Prof. Alberto Albanase
Professor of Neurology
Instituto Neurologico C. Besta
On September 22-23, 60 neurologists from 17 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia gathered at the Università Cattolica del Sacre Cuore in Milan, Italy, to attend the first course on dystonia syndromes hosted by the European Section of The Movement Disorder Society.
The primary goal of the course was to enhance the skills of participants in the identification of the different presentations of dystonia syndromes, and in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of dystonia patients.
The first day of the course was devoted to phenomenology and diagnosis of dystonia syndromes, with a review of primary and secondary forms, classification and diagnostic procedures. At the end of the day, two hours were devoted to video case demonstrations highlighting diagnostic and classification issues.
The second day was dedicated to treatment of dystonia syndromes: medications, including oral drugs and focal injections of botulinum toxins, surgical treatments and comprehensive patient management.
At the end of the day, case demonstrations illustrated clinical issues and outcomes of medical and surgical procedures.
Above, left to right: Dr. Susanne Schneider,
Prof. Alberto Albanese, Prof. Joaquim Ferreira,
Prof. Marie Vidailhet with course participants.
Top, right: Prof. Alberto Albanese presents at the course. Photo courtesy of the Centro Audiovisivo Universitario, Università Cattolica del Sacre Cuore.
MDS would like to thank the following sponsors for their support of this course: