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Blepharospasm, Benign Essential


Synonyms of Blepharospasm, Benign Essential
  • BEB
  • Blepharospasm
  • Secondary Blepharospasm

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Benign essential blepharospasm (BEB) is a rare neurological disorder in which affected individuals experience involuntary muscle spasms and contractions of the muscles around the eyes. These spasms come and go (intermittent). Symptoms may begin as eye twitching, blinking and/or irritation. Eventually, BEB causes involuntary closure of the eyes. The exact cause of BEB is unknown. The disorder is one of a group of disorders collectively known as dystonia.

    Dystonia is a group of movement disorders that vary in their symptoms, causes, progression, and treatments. This group of neurological conditions is generally characterized by involuntary muscle contractions that force the body into abnormal, sometimes painful, movements and positions (postures).

    Organizations related to Blepharospasm, Benign Essential
    • Benign Essential Blepharospasm Research Foundation, Inc.
      P.O. Box 12468
      Beaumont TX 77726-2468
      Phone #: 409-832-0788
      800 #: --
      e-mail: bebrf@sbcglobal.net
      Home page: http://www.blepharospasm.org
    • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
      1 East Wacker Drive
      Chicago IL 60601-1905
      Phone #: 312-755-0198
      800 #: 800-377-3978
      e-mail: dystonia@dystonia-foundation.org
      Home page: http://www.dystonia-foundation.org
    • Dystonia Society
      89 Albert Embankment
      London Intl SE1 7TP
      Phone #: 084-5 4-58 6211
      800 #: 084-5 4-58 6322
      e-mail: info@dystonia.org.uk
      Home page: http://www.dystonia.org.uk
    • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
      31 Center Drive
      Bethesda MD 20892-2540
      Phone #: 301-496-5751
      800 #: 800-352-9424
      e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
      Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
    • WE MOVE (Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders)
      204 West 84th Street
      New York NY 10024
      Phone #: 212-875-8312
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: wemove@wemove.org
      Home page: http://www.wemove.org



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