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can dystonia cause difficulty swallowing or breathing?

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Dr. Glenn Kaye
29 years experience ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
Yes: Dystonia is a condition that causes involuntary spasm of certain muscles or groups of muscles. It can involve the muscles used for swallowing, speaking, or breathing.
Answered on Mar 3, 2019
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Dr. William Goldie
47 years experience Pediatric Neurology
Muscle imbalance: Dystonia is a state of muscle control that does not allow relaxation and sets off severe muscle imbalance. If this affects throat muscles it will cause swallowing and speech and even breathing problems. If this affects hands and feet it will distort joints and result in severe joint and bone defects.
Answered on Nov 3, 2018
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