An early image of hemifacial spasm: Édouard Brissaud contribution

Carlo Colosimo, Alfredo Berardelli

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Édouard Brissaud (1852-1909) was a French neuropsychiatrist of the Charcot school who provided in 1893 the first picture of a patient suffering from hemifacial spasm. Brissaud already suggested several possible etiologies for the involuntary movements of his patient, including the possibility of arterial malformations compressing the origin of the facial nerve. We also discuss the role of other early European authors (Schültze, Gowers, Babinski, and Negro) who contributed to the definition of hemifacial spasm in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)531-533
Number of pages3
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 15 2010


  • Édouard Brissaud
  • Hemifacial spasm
  • History
  • Neurovascular conflict
  • Partial epilepsy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology


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