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Is dystonia a genetic disorder?

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Dr. Danielle Jones
Dr. Danielle Jonesanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 8 years experience
Sometimes: Dystonia is a disorder that can be caused by genetics, but it can also be due to trauma, infection, poisoning, drugs, etc. There are many different types of dystonias and even more causes of dystonia.
Dr. Melanie Alarcio
Pediatric Neurology 33 years experience
Not always: Not always. While there are hereditary forms, it can also be caused by trauma, infections and more commonly, by some medications.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

What is a genetic disorder?

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Dr. R. Wayne Inzer
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Chromosomes abn.: A genetic disorder is an abnormality in the genetic makeup of an individual, abn expression of chromosomes, (your internal blueprint). This may have been inherited from parents, or a result of a spontaneous change in genes. Epogenetics is the expression of your genes and can be influenced by environment and nutrition. So it doesn't always have to "run in the family".

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