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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||3|
|Journal||Medical Problems of Performing Artists|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1996|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- History and Philosophy of Science