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Can brain surgery help to fix dystonia?

Can brain surgery help to fix dystonia?

Dystonia: Deep brain stimulation, usually done in combination with neurosurgeons and neurologists has been shown to effectively treat some patients with dystonia. ...Read more

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Nerve (Definition)

The brain and spinal cord communicates with what is occurring in the internal organs and limbs by nerve fibers where are like electrical wires with insulation (myelin) and the "copper" (axon). Within brain and spinal cord these nerves connect to other nerves via synapses on both axons and dendrites. A nerve can carry information regarding sensations, and ...Read more


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What to do if I have deep brain stimulation for spasmodic torticollis dystonia?

What to do if I have deep brain stimulation for spasmodic torticollis dystonia?

DBS does treat this: You can use DBS for spasmodic torticollis, if medial therapies are failing, including botox. Very effective (80%) for this condition. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about deep brain stimulation for spasmodic torticollis dystonia?

Can you tell me about deep brain stimulation for spasmodic torticollis dystonia?

DBS: Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used in extreme cases to treat dystonia. The surgery involves implanting electrodes into a region of the brain, the globus pallidus, to help reduce tone in the muscles which is causing the torticollis. The efficacy of the surgery is somewhat related to genetic factors and also related to how long a person has been symptomatic. More chronic cases are harder to treat. ...Read more

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I have dystonia and black spots on my mri brain scan - could the 2 be related? I had a rta nearly 4 years ago but symptoms since & worsened after 2yrs

I have dystonia and black spots on my mri brain scan - could the 2 be related? I had a rta nearly 4 years ago but symptoms since & worsened after 2yrs

Lesions found on : MRI's of the brain may be either unrelated to neurological symptoms or related to an active neurological disorder. History of progression of dystonia & other neurological symptoms, family history of dystonia & records of the cause & clinical course of Renal Tubular Acidosis aid a neurologist's decision to repeat an MRI of the brain for comparison & perform genetic & other medical studies. ...Read more

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Is msg bad because it actually interacts with your brain and nerves as a chemical transmitter, or is that a myth?

Is msg bad because it actually interacts with your brain and nerves as a chemical transmitter, or is that a myth?

Glutamate: The glutamate part of monosodium glutamate (msg) is a chemical that excites brain cells by interacting with receptors as a neurotransmitter. Too much excitement might damage brain cells. It is not clear how much msg gets into the brain, but it does cause some people headaches and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Does folate (folic acid) deficiency anemia affect the brain and nerves?

Yes: Folate (folic acid) is needed for maintenance and repair of myelin, the covering of larger/faster nerve fibers. Deficiency in utero results in birth defects of the neural cord, low birth weight or prematurity. Deficiency will slow growth in children. Peripheral neuropathy results in adults. Deficiency is reversible if treated early enough. Nerves suffer from folate (folic acid) deficiency itself more than from anemia. ...Read more

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Had bilateral carpel tunnel release. developed rsd .then nerve blocks for pain. now i'm told i have thorasic outlet syndrome and dystonia. is there an?

Had bilateral carpel tunnel release. developed rsd .then nerve blocks for pain. now i'm told i have thorasic outlet syndrome and dystonia. is there an?

See details: Without knowing specifics and having access to test results, it is impossible to comment. None of it makes good sense to me. Consider a second opinion. ...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?

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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Brain And Nerves (Definition)

The brain and nerves are parts of the body, forming the "nervous system" that processes information, thought, and memory; the location of personality and emotions; and the control center ...Read more


Cerebrum (Definition)

Cerebrum essentially refers to the majority of the brain. Embryologically, it develops from the telencephalon, and together with the diencephalon, ...Read more