Task-specific hand tremor during embouchure in a flutist
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Embouchure dystonia is a term used to describe a type of dystonia that affects brass and woodwind players. This dystonia exclusively affects the muscles of the lower face, tongue, jaw, and pharynx that are used to control the flow of air into the mouthpiece of a brass or woodwind instrument. The symptoms of this dystonia are often very subtle and may include air leaks at the corners of the mouth that are accompanied by a noticeable tremor, involuntary puckering, excessive elevation of the corners of the mouth, and involuntary closing of the mouth .
Here, we present the case of a 56-year-old amateur flute player who complained of a hand tremor which occurred exclusively while playing flute that had persisted for more than 6 months. He had been practicing the flute for more than 20 years. Several months before the onset of symptoms, his playing time had increased, and soon thereafter, he experienced postural tremor while playing the instrument. The patient did not report any sensory...
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