Wernicke's cramp

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Wernicke's cramp is painful psychogenic muscle cramp precipitated by anxiety or fear[1]. The condition was first described by the notable German neurologist Carl Wernicke in his seminal work Ein Fall von Crampus-Neurose [2].

Wernicke discovered the syndrome though his work with a patient known as Gerda S. who had an acute fear of pencil shavings which had a deleterious affect on her work as a clerk in the German electronics company Siemens. He achieved a partial cure through the use of high-frequency low-voltage signal applied to the temples which he demonstrated in a lecture at the University of Wrocław in May 1904[3].


Wernicke's syndrome II[4]

Notes & references

  1. http://www.whonamedit.com/syndlist.cfm/41
  2. Published by Berliner klinische Wochenschrift, 1904
  3. Companion to Clinical Neurology by William Pryse-Phillips, Oxford University Press, 2nd Edition, 2003
  4. http://www.whonamedit.com/synd.cfm/889.html