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Can you die from dystonia? 

5 doctors weighed in
Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
3 doctors agree

In brief: Very unusual to

It would be very unusual for dystonia to be a proximate cause of death, though it can be disabling and lead to complications like clots going to the lungs, infections, or other complications from immobility.

In brief: Very unusual to

It would be very unusual for dystonia to be a proximate cause of death, though it can be disabling and lead to complications like clots going to the lungs, infections, or other complications from immobility.
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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Usually not

Dystonia musculorum deformans, or "human pretzel" disease, is a miserable illness for which neurosurgery is often dramatically beneficial.
Only if a person becomes completely bedridden and unable to protect their lungs and skin will it be fatal. However, try to get treated.

In brief: Usually not

Dystonia musculorum deformans, or "human pretzel" disease, is a miserable illness for which neurosurgery is often dramatically beneficial.
Only if a person becomes completely bedridden and unable to protect their lungs and skin will it be fatal. However, try to get treated.
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