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are medications used to treat dystonia?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Yes: Several different kinds of medications can be helpful with dystonias, depending on the type of dystonia. Neurologists and psychiatrists generally have the most expertise for helping with dystonias.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 years experience
Some try to help: There is no good treatment. Muscle relaxant medications can help at times. There have been attempts with neurotransmitter modifying agents (artane) with some benefit. Some cases get worse on medications, and may be appropriate for brain surgery techniques including deep brain stimulation.

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A 21-year-old member asked:

Is dystonia fatal?

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Dr. Glen Elliott
Child Psychiatry 43 years experience
Never: Dystonias can be painful and disfiguring, but they are never fatal. Some disorders that produce dystonias such as huntington's chorea may be fatal, but they are quite rare. Most dystonias are self-limiting.
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What is dystonia?

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Dr. Sean Baskin
Dr. Sean Baskin answered
Emergency Medicine 9 years experience
Muscle contractions: Dystonia is a disorder where involuntary muscle contractions result in slow repetitive movements or abnormal postures. It can effect individual muscles, groups of muscles or the muscles throughout the body.
A 22-year-old member asked:

Does dystonia get worse over time?

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Dr. David Miller
Dr. David Miller answered
Family Medicine 10 years experience
Depends: Dystonia is a neurologic syndrome characterized by sustained involuntary muscular activity producing sustained, abnormal and repetitive muscle contractions causing twisting movements, abnormal posture and functional disability. There are many different types and causes with different prognoses. Some remit, some stay the same and others get worse.
A 21-year-old member asked:

How can I tell if someone I know may have a form of dystonia?

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Dr. Horacio Capote
Specializes in Psychiatry
Visit a Neurologist: This is best evaluated by a neurologist as there are different types of dystonia.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Who gets dystonia?

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Various factors: Genetics plays a role (e.g. Dyt-1 and many similar childhood onset dystonias, etc). It may also come about from injury to certain parts of the brain (esp. The basal ganglia areas) from stroke, head injury, toxic exposure, certain diseases, and other causes, but for many (esp. Most adults who develop dystonia) there is no clear cause.

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