Performance hand cramps in a violinist, remitting with quinine sulfate: A case report

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The authors report the case of a 60-year-old male violinist with a 5- year history of disabling left hand spasms. When neither calcium carbonate nor diazepam was effective, quinine sulfate was tried. The patient took one- half of a tablet (160 mg) regularly at bedtime anti one-half of a tablet before performances, which completely alleviated his symptoms. He has been using quinine with success for more than 4 years. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of the use of quinine for task-specific hand cramps. Further study of this treatment is warranted.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)120-122
Number of pages3
JournalMedical Problems of Performing Artists
Volume11
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1996

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