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Who gets dystonia? 

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Dr. Anthony Mosley
Neurology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Anthony Mosley
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology

In brief: Complex issue

Dystonia is a description of motor dysfunction.
It may be a form of static encephalopathy, an effect of injury to the brain, or a toxic reaction to a medication or treatment. There are progressive forms that appear in childhood and progress through adulthood. There are medications and procedures that help to modify the disorder. Most important is to determine the cause.

In brief: Complex issue

Dystonia is a description of motor dysfunction.
It may be a form of static encephalopathy, an effect of injury to the brain, or a toxic reaction to a medication or treatment. There are progressive forms that appear in childhood and progress through adulthood. There are medications and procedures that help to modify the disorder. Most important is to determine the cause.
Dr. William Goldie
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