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Visual system side effects caused by parasympathetic dysfunction after botulinum toxin type B injections

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Botulinum toxin type B (BTX-B) has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of cervical dystonia. However, as with botulinum toxin type A (BTX-A) it has off-label uses, such as for hyperhidrosis, focal dystonias, spasticity, and facial wrinkles. BTX-B has also been shown to be a safe and effective alternative for patients who are resistant to BTX-A. The most commonly reported side effects include dry mouth and dysphagia. To date, there have been few reports of visual disturbances associated with BTX-B use. In this study, we report on three individual patients who received BTX-B and who subsequently developed parasympathetic dysfunction of the visual system after injections of BTX-B at remote sites. © 2005 Movement Disorder Society

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