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October 14, 2011

Writer's Cramp Mapped to Brain Regions

Horovitz sits by computer with hands clapped on desk, with screens behind showing brain scans.

Dr. Silvina Horovitz of NINDS is studying writer’s cramp and what it can tell us about the brain.

The next time you have a pain in your hand from signing all those autographs or polishing up your latest novel, be happy that you don’t have the neurological problem called writer’s cramp—a disorder of motor coordination that some people experience after many years of writing. Your problem is in the hand and their problem is in the brain. But the exact way the brain malfunctions in writer’s cramp is not yet understood.

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