What is Celine Dion’s Stiff Person Syndrome?

In this file photo taken on June 24, 2016, Celine Dion performs on stage at the AccorHotels Arena concert hall in Paris.  She had to delay her tour due to stiff person syndrome.

Earlier this month, singer Celine Dion posted on Instagram that she has Stiff Person Syndrome.

“Now we know that this is what’s been causing all the spasms I’ve had,” he said.

She went on to say that it affects every aspect of her daily life, including when she walks and her ability to sing and control her vocal cords in the way she’s used to. She has had to postpone her tour.

Dr. Ethan Meltzer, a neuroimmunologist and assistant professor of neurology at the University of Texas Dell Medical School, treats people with stiff person syndrome.

“It’s extremely rare,” he said. He estimates there are “probably a few (cases) per million people. In all of Austin, it’s only a few,” she said.

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