Life-threatening respiratory failure due to cranial dystonia after dental procedure in a patient with multiple system atrophy



We report on a woman with a an 8-year history of multiple system atrophy with predominance of parkinsonism who developed jaw-locking oromandibular dystonia within hours after insertion of ill-fitting dentures. Dystonia spread rapidly to involve other facial muscles and the larynx causing stridor with respiratory failure necessitating crush intubation. © 2003 Movement Disorder Society