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Case Reports in Neurological Medicine
Volume 2014 (2014), Article ID 937095, 3 pages
Case Report

An Asian Patient with Myoclonus-Dystonia (DYT11) Responsive to Deep Brain Stimulation of the Globus Pallidus Internus

1Department of Neurology, Tokyo Metropolitan Neurological Hospital, 2-6-1 Musashidai, Fuchu, Tokyo 183-0042, Japan
2Department of Clinical Development, Translational Medical Center, National Center of Neurology and Psychiatry, 4-1-1 Ogawa-Higashi, Kodaira, Tokyo 187-8551, Japan
3Department of Clinical Neurology and Stroke Medicine, Yokohama City University Graduate School of Medicine, 3-9 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama, Kanagawa 236-0004, Japan

Received 5 December 2013; Accepted 31 December 2013; Published 9 February 2014

Academic Editors: C.-C. Huang and H. Ikeda

Copyright © 2014 Akinori Uruha et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We describe the case of a 42-year-old Japanese woman with childhood-onset myoclonus, dystonia, and psychiatric symptoms, including anxiety, phobia, and exaggerated startle response. The diagnosis was confirmed as myoclonus-dystonia (DYT11) by identifying a mutation in the gene encoding ε-sarcoglycan. Interestingly, while motor-related symptoms in DYT11 generally improve with alcohol ingestion, the patient’s symptoms were exacerbated by alcohol intake. Her severe and medically intractable symptoms were alleviated by bilateral deep brain stimulation of the globus pallidus internus, with myoclonus and dystonia scores showing 70% improvement after the surgery compared to presurgical scores. This is the first report of a genetically confirmed case of DYT11 in Japan. This paper together with other recent reports collectively demonstrates that DYT11 patients are distributed worldwide, including Asia. Thus, a diagnosis of DYT11 should be considered when clinicians encounter a patient with childhood-onset myoclonus and/or dystonia with psychiatric symptoms, regardless of ethnic background.