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Can you die from dystonia?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 44 years experience
Usually not: Dystonia musculorum deformans, or "human pretzel" disease, is a miserable illness for which neurosurgery is often dramatically beneficial. Only if a person becomes completely bedridden and unable to protect their lungs and skin will it be fatal. However, try to get treated.
Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology 24 years experience
Very unusual to: It would be very unusual for dystonia to be a proximate cause of death, though it can be disabling and lead to complications like clots going to the lungs, infections, or other complications from immobility.

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