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How is dystonia treated?

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Dr. Sean Baskin
Dr. Sean Baskinanswered
Emergency Medicine 10 years experience
Symptom Management: Unfortunately, there are no medication to prevent or slow the progression of dystonia, so treatment is geared to easing symptoms. Medications are often prescribed and the most common drugs work by preventing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from causing the muscle to contract. Although used less often, medications exist that target other neurotransmitters such as GABA and Dopamine as well.
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 49 years experience
Just modification: There are many forms of dystonia. Some cases are transient and resolve on their own. Some cases are progressive and get much worse over time. Some are modified with treatment. Some seem to disappear following procedures such as deep brain stimulation, but can recur. Muscle relaxant medications can help and food therapy techniques have been useful. Avoiding triggers is important.
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A 21-year-old member asked:

What is dystonia?

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Dr. Sean Baskin
Dr. Sean Baskinanswered
Emergency Medicine 10 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.
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