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Center for Chiropractic Research Project Accepted for Journal Publication

The Journal of Chiropractic Medicine has accepted the article titled “A case study involving Chronic Progressive External Ophthalmoplegia and Bilateral Vestibular Hypofunction: balance, gait, and eye movement, before and after chiropractic care” for publication. This report describes a patient whose main concern was chronic progressive external ophthalmoplegia (CPEO), a form of mitochondrial disease in which eye movements become increasingly limited, and vision can be obscured by ptosis (eyelid droop). The patient also had been diagnosed with bilateral vestibular hypofunction (BVH), which can cause disorientation and poor postural balance.

There is no established treatment for CPEO, and there have been no previous reports of chiropractic care for either CPEO or BVH. Following 18 visits of chiropractic care, the patient had substantially decreased postural sway, and there were small improvements in eye movement, ptosis and walking stability. This project was the product of Center for Chiropractic Research team members Drs. Brent Russell, Ron Hosek, Kathryn Hoiriis and Ms. Emily Drake, with special acknowledgements to Dr. Stephanie Sullivan and Ms. Angela Seckington. Congratulations!

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