Publication of two scientific articles on functional movement disorders
Two scientific articles on functional movement disorders have recently been published by Tjerk Lagrand and Lenny Marapin, researchers associated with the expertise center movement disorders.
Functional movement disorders involve involuntary movements caused by a function disorder in the brain; there is no damage in the brain. The diagnosis is made on the basis of the course of the complaints and the physical examination. Making this diagnosis is sometimes very difficult. Tjerk Lagrand's research shows that there are associated features that distinguish functional movement disorders from other movement disorders. Clinicians can use these features to identify patients suspected for functional movement disorders.To read Tjerk Lagrand's scientific article click here.
Much is still unknown about the cause of functional movement disorders. One of the ways to gain more insight into what happens in the brain of someone with a functional movement disorder is with the help of so-called functional MRI images. This is a technique in which activity in the brain can be measured. Lenny Marapin's research shows that there are differences in brain activity between people with a functional movement disorder and controls. Click here to view Lenny Marapin's scientific article.