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Stiff Person Syndrome


Synonyms of Stiff Person Syndrome
  • Moersch-Woltmann Syndrome
  • Muscular Rigidity - Progressive Spasm
  • SMS
  • Stiff Man Syndrome

Disorder Subdivisions



    General Discussion
    Stiff-person syndrome is an extremely rare neurological disorder characterized by progressive muscle stiffness (rigidity) and spasms. It usually begins in young adults, first involving muscles of the trunk and progressing to affect muscles of the legs. This syndrome may begin as recurring (intermittent) episodes of stiffness and spasms, often precipitated by surprise or minor physical contact. Those affected have a characteristic stiff-legged way of walking (gait) and increase in the curvature of the spine (lordotic posture). The exact cause of stiff person syndrome is not known.

    Organizations related to Stiff Person Syndrome
    • American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc.
      22100 Gratiot Avenue
      Eastpointe MI 48021
      Phone #: 586-776-3900
      800 #: 800-598-4668
      e-mail: aarda@aarda.org
      Home page: http://www.aarda.org/
    • AutoImmunity Community
      None
      None None None
      Phone #: (91-9) -552-9057
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: bandrews@autoimmunitycommunity.org
      Home page: http://autoimmunitycommunity.org
    • Autoimmune Information Network, Inc
      PO Box 4121
      Brick NJ 08723
      Phone #: 732-664-9259
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: autoimmunehelp@aol.com
      Home page: http://www.aininc.org
    • European Society for Immunodeficiencies (ESID)
      c/o Dr. Esther de Vries
      Hertogenbosch None 5200 ME's
      Phone #: +31- 73--6992965
      800 #: N/A
      e-mail: info@esid.org
      Home page: http://www.esid.org
    • 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/



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