Rinsho Shinkeigaku (Clinical Neurology)

Brief Clinical Note

Questionnaire survey of musician's dystonia among students of a music college

Kuni Konaka, M.D., Ph.D.1) and Hideki Mochizuki, M.D., Ph.D.1)

1)Department of Neurology, Osaka University Graduate School of Medicine

Musician's dystonia is known as a task specific dystonia. Though it is thought to occur during a long course of repetitive performance, the actual circumstances that precipitate this condition are not clear. According to factual reports this disease is not commonly known, probably because many of these patients may not have been visiting a hospital. We prepared a questionnaire and did a survey among the students of a music college. This is the first questionnaire survey aimed at finding out the prevalence of musician's dystonia among the students of music. Among the 480 participants of this survey, 29% of the students had knowledge of this disorder and 1.25% of the students had dystonia while performing music.
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(CLINICA NEUROL, 55: 263|265, 2015)
key words: musician, music college, questionnaire, task specific dystonia

(Received: 20-Jun-14)