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My niece has dystonia, and as a result, she can't move or open her eyes. Any recommended treatments for her?
Oculoplastic surgeon: Although dystonia can limited any or all muscle movement, in certain instances there can be help available. If your niece cannot open her eyes, it is possible to perform a porcedure to allow them to open further. The danger is that the eyes will not be able to close well. It is worth at least speaking with an oculoplastic surgeon and her specialist as well. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer