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How is dystonia treated? 
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. William Goldie
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Sean Baskin
Emergency Medicine
In brief: Symptom Management
Unfortunately, there are no medication to prevent or slow the progression of dystonia, so treatment is geared to easing symptoms.
Medications are often prescribed and the most common drugs work by preventing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from causing the muscle to contract. Although used less often, medications exist that target other neurotransmitters such as gaba and Dopamine as well.

In brief: Symptom Management
Unfortunately, there are no medication to prevent or slow the progression of dystonia, so treatment is geared to easing symptoms.
Medications are often prescribed and the most common drugs work by preventing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine from causing the muscle to contract. Although used less often, medications exist that target other neurotransmitters such as gaba and Dopamine as well.
Sean Baskin
Sean Baskin
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