The impact of the initial severity on later outcome: retrospective analysis of a large cohort of botulinum toxin naïve patients with idiopathic cervical dystonia.

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The aim of study was to demonstrate that the first three injections of botulinum neurotoxin type A (BoNT/A) appear to be less effective in botulinum toxin naïve patients with idiopathic cervical dystonia (CD) with mild symptoms and low severity scores (TSUI-scores) at onset of BoNT/A-therapy compared to patients with full-blown CD and high initial TSUI-scores.In 337 patients with CD who started BoNT/A-therapy in the BoNT-outpatient clinic of the university hospital in Düsseldorf during the last 12 years, demographical and treatment-related data as well as outcome measures (TSUI-scores) of the first four visits were extracted from the treatment ACCESS data bank.Distribution of the severity of CD scored using the TSUI-score significantly changed with the first three injections. In patients with a high baseline severity (TSUI-score > 10), mean TSUI-score continuously decreased (p 

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