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Stiff-Person Syndrome

"Stiff-Person Syndrome" is a descriptor in the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus, MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). Descriptors are arranged in a hierarchical structure, which enables searching at various levels of specificity.

A condition characterized by persistent spasms (SPASM) involving multiple muscles, primarily in the lower limbs and trunk. The illness tends to occur in the fourth to sixth decade of life, presenting with intermittent spasms that become continuous. Minor sensory stimuli, such as noise and light touch, precipitate severe spasms. Spasms do not occur during sleep and only rarely involve cranial muscles. Respiration may become impaired in advanced cases. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p1492; Neurology 1998 Jul;51(1):85-93)


This graph shows the total number of publications written about "Stiff-Person Syndrome" by people in Harvard Catalyst Profiles by year, and whether "Stiff-Person Syndrome" was a major or minor topic of these publication.
Bar chart showing 19 publications over 13 distinct years, with a maximum of 3 publications in 1994 and 2016
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