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Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Overview)

A neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle contractions and abnormal posturing.


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What is dystonia? Is it a hereditary problem or something that just happens randomly?

What is dystonia? Is it a hereditary problem or something that just happens randomly?

Website: Http://www. Dystonia-foundation. Org/pages/genetics/87.php is a good website that explains what it is and has answers on genetics. It can be random, precipitated by external causes (one person got it after a flu vaccine...She was detoxified and recovered). There is presently no cure according to the website. It can have multiple causes so I would seek chinese medicine help as well. ...Read more

Dr. Chan Hwang
381 Doctors shared insights

Dystonia (Overview)

A neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle contractions and abnormal posturing.


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How does dystonia affect the nervous system?

Various ways: Depending on the cause, extent and severity dystonia can manifest as spasms from head to toe, abnormal posturing, pain, spasms, and lip smacking. ...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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Can dystonia come about overnight? Are there any warning signs?

Can dystonia come about overnight? Are there any warning signs?

It depends: Dystonia is just a description of abnormal muscle tone. Dystonia can affect small muscles or separate limbs or total body. Some cases are progressive and severe while others are transient and resolve to normal. Ther are some forms associated with genetic and metabolic disorders. Many cases are primary without cause or genetic association. ...Read more

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I get foot and hand cramps, I might have dystonia. What tests will a neurologist do to diagnose. Age 23 male?

I get foot and hand cramps, I might have dystonia. What tests will a neurologist do to diagnose. Age 23 male?

Examine you: Dystonia is a class of movement disorders characterized by involuntary movements, tremors, or spasms. The causes of these disorders include medications, genetics, or degenerative or traumatic brain injuries. The most important test that your neurologist will do is a careful physical exam. Tests in addition to this should be considered only they improve your treatment in some way. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with vegetative dystonia And I have sexual risk And all HIV test after 3 months is negative Can this be related with HIV infection?

Mind meets body: I would not accept the diagnosis of "vegetative dystonia" except from somebody that I really trusted. Here in the US it's considered a "fringe" diagnosis given to people who are emotionally troubled -- often in rough life situations or who've been through terrible times -- and best Rx'd though learning new life skills & help with coping effectively. It's not caused by HIV. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dystonia?

Depends on factors.: Get a good general physical and neurologic exam. Discuss the nature of your dystonia: age onset, bodily distribution, the progression, triggers, present at rest-any suppressing factors. History and family history will dictate other "tests." blood, spinal fluid, electrical recording techniques, biopsies, eye exam, and thorough neuro and possibly imaging studes may be considered. ...Read more

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Anyone knows if the segawa dystonia can show up at the first year of age?

Anyone knows if the segawa dystonia can show up at the first year of age?

Possibly: Segawa syndrome, also known as dopa-responsive dystonia (drd) usually has symptom onset around age 6 but there have been case reports of it occurring in the first year (as well as much later). It is usually described as autosomal dominant with incomplete penetrance and variable expressivity among family members. Autosomal recessive types also exist. Discuss your concerns with your pediatrician. ...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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If a person is diagnosed with primary dystonia but there is no family history, does that mean it’s not genetic?

No: Typically the word "primary" in reference to dystonias is used to talk about genetically-associated dystonias. Not having a known family history of the disease does not necessarily mean it is not genetic. Some of the dystonias that are genetic are passed down through carriers which can make them relatively rare, even among families of carriers. ...Read more

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Are medications used to treat dystonia?  

Yes: Several different kinds of medications can be helpful with dystonias, depending on the type of dystonia. Neurologists and psychiatrists generally have the most expertise for helping with dystonias. ...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 are some permanent solutions to treating masseter dystonia?

Botox helps: Injection of Botox in the mass ętre muscle usually helps. ...Read more

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Have a successful experience in the treatment of vegetative vascular dystonia? I want to cure this disease. But I'm from Russia.

Have a successful experience in the treatment of vegetative vascular dystonia? I want to cure this disease. But I'm from Russia.

Sorry, but...: Vegetative-vascular dystonia is not recognized as a disease or syndrome in the West. It simply doesn't exist here as a concept. Most doctors over here have never heard of it, and to those few who have, it's one of those odd things the Russians have thought up that no one else takes seriously. Желаю Вам удачи в поиске решения этого вопроса! Good luck finding an answer to your problem. ...Read more

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What are treatments for dystonia (?

Multiple: Medications: trihexyphenidyl, benztropine. If early onset- levodopa/carbidopa; tetrabenazpine.
Botox treatments.
Surgery: deep brain stimulation, lesion surgery.
Physical and speech therapy.
Sensory tricks. ...Read more

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How can I cure and treat dystonia?

No cure: There is no cure for dystonia. Depending upon the location and extent of the dystonia, oral medications or injections of Botox can be beneficial. Usually Botox is much more effective treatment for dystonia and other medications. Best to check with her doctor. ...Read more

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Which drugs make dystonia worse?

Depends: Depending on the type of dystonia it can be made worse either by drugs that block Dopamine (e.g., neuroleptic medications such as haloperidol, risperidone, etc.) and certain antinausea medications (e.g., metoclopramide, etc) or drugs that enhance the effect of Dopamine such as levodopa. ...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 a genetic disorder?  

Not always: Not always. While there are hereditary forms, it can also be caused by trauma, infections and more commonly, by some medications. ...Read more

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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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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?  

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"?

Affects mid line mus: When dystnia affects midline muscles near spine then it is called axial dystonia. ...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

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Which drugs make dystonia worse?

Depends: Depending on the type of dystonia it can be made worse either by drugs that block Dopamine (e.g., neuroleptic medications such as haloperidol, risperidone, etc.) and certain antinausea medications (e.g., metoclopramide, etc) or drugs that enhance the effect of Dopamine such as levodopa. ...Read more