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    Sep 2003

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    Botox And Botox Cosmetic (Botulinum toxin Type A) And Myobloc (Botulinum toxin Type B)- Reports of Respiratory Compromise And Death


    FDA issued an early communication about an ongoing safety review regarding Botox and Botox Cosmetic. FDA has received reports of systemic adverse reactions including respiratory compromise and death following the use of botulinum toxins types A and B for both FDA-approved and unapproved uses. The reactions reported are suggestive of botulism, which occurs when botulinum toxin spreads in the body beyond the site where it was injected. The most serious cases had outcomes that included hospitalization and death, and occurred mostly in children treated for cerebral palsy-associated limb spasticity. Use of botulinum toxins for treatment of limb spasticity (severe arm and leg muscle spasms) in children or adults is not an approved use in the U.S. See the FDA's "Early Communication about an Ongoing Safety Review" for Agency recommendations and additional information for healthcare professionals
    Original scoliosis surgery 1956 T-4 to L-2 ~100 degree thoracic (triple)curves at age 14. NO hardware-lost correction.
    Anterior/posterior revision T-4 to Sacrum in 2002, age 60, by Dr. Boachie-Adjei @Hospital for Special Surgery, NY = 50% correction

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    Nov 2005
    I'm having Botox injections to ease muscle spasms in my back next week. Here in the UK they are an approved treatment. I've been having steroid injections up until now, which work well but the effects only last for a few weeks and I can't have them more often than three times a year.

    I was already aware of these reports from the US so I did ask my pain management consultant about safety. He is one of Europe's top pain specialists and has never ever had anyone who developed complications following this procedure so I feel reassured by that, though I'm still nervous to some extent!

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