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How can I tell if someone I know may have a form of dystonia?

How can I tell if someone I know may have a form of dystonia?

Get formal eval: Dystonia is basically sustained muscle contractions causing unusual postures of the neck, face, or limbs, though even frequent blinking (blepharospasm) or a strained voice (spasmodic dysphonia of the vocal cords) are forms of dystonia. If there are concerns about possible dystonia, try to see a neurologist. Dystonia is somewhat rare, and most doctors outside neurology are unfamiliar with it. ...Read more

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Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Definition)

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle ...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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Please tell me what dystonia & dyskinesia means?

Please tell me what dystonia & dyskinesia means?

Dystonia definition: Dystonia refers to a neurologic condition consisting of involuntary movements of the body due to abnormally prolonged and inappropriate muscle activity. Dyskinesia refers to involuntary movements but can encompass a larger range of movements including tremor, dystonia or chorea. The term "dyskinesias" is used in the setting of parkinson's disease and with chronic antipsychotic use (tardive). ...Read more

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How can I tell if I have tardive dyskinisia/dystonia?

How can I tell if I have tardive dyskinisia/dystonia?

Dystonia: Un usual muscular movements nt under your control. ...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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Someone explain to me what the symptoms of dystonia are?

Someone explain to me what the symptoms of dystonia are?

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 are good tips for someone dealing with cervical dystonia?

What are good tips for someone dealing with cervical dystonia?

Cervical dystonia: If it is quite severe i would have you consider Botox or Dysport to help relax your muscles. I would recommend working with physical therapy to work on stretching and strengthening certain neck muscles and postural training. ...Read more

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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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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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