What is botulinum toxin injection?

Botulinum toxin injection is an effective treatment for a variety of movement disorders including myoclonus, hemifacial spasm, spasticity, tremor, blepharospasm, cervical dystonia, spasmodic torticollis and dystonia of the leg and foot. Excessive salvation or drooling resulting from a variety of neurological conditions may also respond to treatment.

How long does it take for botulinum toxin injection treatment to work?

Benefit is typically realized in 3-10 days after injection with a lasting response measured in months.

What is involved in botulinum toxin injection treatment?

The treatment involves the injection of a small dose of Clostridium botulinum-a potent neurotoxin-directly into the muscle responsible for the abnormal movements and spasms. Injections are performed in an office setting and discomfort, if any, is temporary and minor.

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