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Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Overview)

Dystonia is 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

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Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Overview)

Dystonia is 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?

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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