These authors contributed equally to this work.
Impaired force control in writer's cramp showing a bilateral deficit in sensorimotor integration
Article first published online: 10 OCT 2013
Copyright © 2013 Movement Disorder Society
Volume 29, Issue 1, pages 130–134, January 2014
How to Cite
Bleton, J.-P., Teremetz, M., Vidailhet, M., Mesure, S., Maier, M. A. and Lindberg, P. G. (2014), Impaired force control in writer's cramp showing a bilateral deficit in sensorimotor integration. Mov. Disord., 29: 130–134. doi: 10.1002/mds.25690
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- Issue published online: 23 JAN 2014
- Article first published online: 10 OCT 2013
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 SEP 2013
- Manuscript Revised: 11 JUL 2013
- Manuscript Received: 29 APR 2013
- writer's cramp;
- force control;
- basal ganglia;
- sensorimotor feedback
Abnormal cortical processing of sensory inputs has been found bilaterally in writer's cramp (WC). This study tested the hypothesis that patients with WC have an impaired ability to adjust grip forces according to visual and somatosensory cues in both hands.
A unimanual visuomotor force-tracking task and a bimanual sense of effort force-matching task were performed by WC patients and healthy controls.
In visuomotor tracking, WC patients showed increased error, greater variability, and longer release duration than controls. In the force-matching task, patients underestimated, whereas controls overestimated, the force applied in the other hand. Visuomotor tracking and force matching were equally impaired in both the symptomatic and nonsymptomatic hand in WC patients.
This study provides evidence of bilaterally impaired grip-force control in WC, when using visual or sense of effort cues. This suggests a generalized subclinical deficit in sensorimotor integration in WC. © 2013 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society