Treatment of pain and limited movement of the shoulder in hemiplegic patients with botulinum toxin a in the subscapular muscle

Alain P Yelnik, Florence M C Colle, Isabelle V Bonan
European Neurology 2003, 50 (2): 91-3
Three poststroke hemiplegic patients were treated by injecting Botulinum toxin A (BtxA) into the subscapularis muscle, to reduce pain and increase the range of motion in the shoulder. According to the described procedure, 250 units of Dysport toxin were injected through a 0.8-mm diameter needle with electrostimulation guidance. In the 3 cases, injection of BtxA reduced pain and improved the range of motion, especially abduction and external rotation, of the hemiplegic shoulder. This result confirms the role of spasticity in hemiplegic shoulder pain and the beneficial effects of Botulinum toxin injection into the subscapularis muscle deserve to be confirmed in further series.

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