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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

Dr. Henry Sondheimer
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Torticollis (Definition)

Torticollis is a condition in which the neck is twisted abnormally to one side. The head is tilted in one direction, while the chin is turned to the other. Torticollis may either be inherited or may arise from neck trauma or the ...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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Is torticollis the same as cervical dystonia/spasmodic torticollis? I have pain & spasms in neck and minor involuntary movemnt. Will it become worse?

Yes; Possibly.: Cervical dystonia is an imbalance in muscle activity of the neck muscles, which can cause abnormal postures or shaking. It is also known as torticollis or spasmodic torticollis. Most cases get slowly worse over time, though some cases have been reported of spontaneous improvement. Oral medicines and injections of Botox may be helfpul. ...Read more

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How to know if I have torticollis?

Torticollis: Torticollis is due to a stiff or tight neck muscles. With toricollis comes a head tilt, if you do not have a head tilt you do not have torticollis. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of torticollis?

Discomfort: Stiffness and pain in the neck with limited mobility of the neck. ...Read more

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What are the tests to detect torticollis?

What are the tests to detect torticollis?

As below: Torticollis is diagnosed by history and examination. To detect cause requires testing like x rey, mri, other blood tests, etc. ...Read more

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Dr. Adam Hebb
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Spasmodic Torticollis (Definition)

Spasmodic torticollis is the sudden contraction of one of the neck muscles, causing a person to turn his head to one side. This may be due to neurological diseases, a simple cramp in the neck muscle, or a side ...Read more


Dr. Chan Hwang
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Dystonia (Definition)

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterized by sustained muscle ...Read more