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What are the surgical options for people with dystonia?

What are the surgical options for people with dystonia?

Stimulators: Previously, some types of dystonia were treated by cutting certain nerves or muscles. Now there are stimulators that can be implanted in the brain or sometimes the spine to reduce the spasms. You would need referral to a major neurosurgical center, with expertise in deep brain stimulation. ...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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Is surgery more effective than medications for treating cervical dystonia?

Is surgery more effective than medications for treating cervical dystonia?

Cervical Dystonia Tx: Botulinum Toxins are the first line medications for Cervical Dystonia & the majority respond to injections. The Type A Botulinum Toxins are Xeomin, (incobotulinumtoxin a) Botox and Dysport. The Type B Botulinum Toxin is Myobloc. They are all equally effective. Deep Brain Stimulation is for those that don't respond to Botulinum Toxin and works very well for 50% of patients. ...Read more

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Is cervical dystonia curable with surgery?

Controllable: Controllable yes, curable no. Check with your neurologist for the best treatments. Options include medication, Botox injections, nerve ablation or deep brain stimulation. If your general neurologist finds this difficult have them send you to a movement disorder specialist. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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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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I'm now hypothyroid plus I had cataract surgery last year. Is generalized dystonia related or playing a role to all these medical conditions?

I'm now hypothyroid plus I had cataract surgery last year. Is generalized dystonia related or playing a role to all these medical conditions?

Recommendations: It is conceivable you possess a genetic disorder causing your problems, and best you find out what has prompted your multiple problems. ...Read more

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I have generalized dystonia from a birth injury. 3 years ago I had uveitis then cataract surgery. Is dystonia related to this?

I have generalized dystonia from a birth injury. 3 years ago I had uveitis then cataract surgery.    Is dystonia related to this?

More complex: You describe a possible genetic disorder or even an acquired problem superimposed on your birth injury. Uveitis and cataracts at the age of 26 is quite unusual and indicates a need to get your problems clearly and fully diagnosed. Get an appointment at a nearby medical school and find out why all of this has occurred. ...Read more

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If I had surgery for a chiari malformation in 2002 and they put a mesh patch in place of a piece of skull, could it be causing dystonia?

If I had surgery for a chiari malformation in 2002 and they put a mesh patch in place of a piece of skull, could it be causing dystonia?

Not likely: Dystonia is a complex problem usually caused by either meds, brain pathway problems, or both. The use of mesh in the chiari surgery is very common and never been reported to cause dystonia. It can cause some local headaches but they usually resolve spontaneously. ...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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What are the best ways to cure dystonia?

See below: In dystonia, your muscles contract involuntarily — causing uncontrollable repetitive or twisting movements of the affected body part. There are several options to treat this condition. Physical therapy is often used to help address the muscle spasms and restore normal range of motion. Botox injections can also be placed into the muscle the help it relax. ...Read more