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how is dystonia treated?

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Dr. Sean Baskin
Dr. Sean Baskin answered
Emergency Medicine 9 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.
Dr. William Goldie
Pediatric Neurology 48 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:

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.
A 21-year-old member asked:

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.
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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.
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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.
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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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