Embouchure Dystonia as a Network Disease

Johanna Doll-Lee, André Lee, Tobias Mantel, Bernhard Haslinger, Eckart Altenmüller

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While the pathophysiology of embouchure dystonia, a sub-entity of musician’s dystonia, is still not fully understood, recent research has shown that it involves alterations of several brain functions and networks. Maladaptive plasticity in sensorimotor integration, sensory perception, and deficient inhibitory mechanisms at cortical, subcortical, and spinal level seem to contribute to its pathophysiology. Furthermore, functional systems of the basal ganglia and the cerebellum are involved, clearly pointing toward a network disorder. We therefore propose a novel network model, based on electrophysiological and recent neuroimaging studies highlighting embouchure dystonia.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAdvances in Neurobiology
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2023
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NameAdvances in Neurobiology
ISSN (Print)2190-5215
ISSN (Electronic)2190-5223


  • Embouchure dystonia
  • Movement disorder
  • Musician’s dystonia
  • Network disorder
  • Task specificity


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