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What is dystonia?

What is dystonia?

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. ...Read more

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Dystonia (Definition)

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle ...Read more


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Who gets dystonia? 

Who gets dystonia? 

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. ...Read more

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Is dystonia painful?

It can be.: Dystonias can be both painful and scary, especially when they first start and are unexpected. They essentially are like a severe muscle cramp that goes on and on. ...Read more

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What is ego-dystonia?

Inconsistent behavio: A condition in which a persons actions, thoughts and behavior are not consistent with patients personality. In short, a lie. Politicians live by this. ...Read more

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Symptoms of dystonia?

Involuntary movement: Dystonia symptoms will vary with type you have. Most frequently there is cramping, or tightening of muscles after heavy use or during stress. Handwriting may worsen after a line or so of writing, a foot may turn inward, head may turn as the neck muscles tighten. ...Read more

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What causes dystonia? 

Many things: 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. ...Read more

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How is dystonia treated? 

How is dystonia treated? 

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. ...Read more

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What is "axial dystonia"?

Whole body problem: The body axis involves the center of the body and the ability to stand and maintain balance. Dystonic problems that affect the center of the body and the balance can be considered as a form of axial dystonia. The patient can be thrown off balance and can fall or crash into walls and objects without much control. This form is dangerous and hard to treat, and may need deep brain stimulation. ...Read more

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Can you die from dystonia? 

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. ...Read more

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What are the causes of dystonia?

Unclear.: We do not understand the causes of dystonias at a mechanistic level. We do divide dystonias into two types: primary and secondary. In primary dystonia there is likely a genetic predisposition with an environmental trigger. Secondary dystonias are caused by trauma, brain disease or certain medications such as neuroleptics (major tranquilizers). ...Read more