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A patient with spasms of the neck, occurring when he turned his head to the left, responded to treatment with benzhexol. Cerebral blood flow imaging demonstrated reduced uptake in the right corpus striatum compared with the left. The study demonstrates the presence of an abnormality in the basal ganglia; it also illustrates response to drug treatment. Cerebral blood flow imaging may be useful in the detection of basal ganglia abnormalities in spasmodic torticollis and assist in the selection of cases which should be targeted for treatment with drugs.

Original publication




Journal article


Br J Psychiatry

Publication Date





399 - 402


Adult, Brain, Humans, Male, Spasm, Tomography, Emission-Computed, Torticollis, Trihexyphenidyl