What are the causes of spasmodic torticollis?

Unknown. Spasmodic torticollis is a focal dystonia ( like blepharospasm and writer, s cramp) in which neck cannot be kept straight and is turned to one side. The cause of focal dystonia, s is not clear and even though some psychogenic factors seem to play a part in the start of some of these symptoms we do not know why or how the process continues.
Torticollis. Torticollisoccurs when a problem with the neck muscle makes the head turn to one side, lean to one side, or be pulled forward or backward. There are two types, congenital (at birth) and spasmodic. Congenital torticollis occurs at or shortly after birth.

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What are some causes of spasmodic torticollis?

Torticollis. Aka wry neck typically the head tilts away from the side of the neck with a tight sternpcleidomadtoid muscle. Read more...

I was wondering what are some causes of spasmodic torticollis?

While there can. Be a number of associated neurologic conditions, isolated spasmodic torticollis is usually idiopathic, as we do not know the cause. If there are other symptoms, there are many syndromes that include it, and neuro insults like brain injury or radiation treatments can also cause it. Even poor positioning in utero is speculated to be related. Best to have a thorough history to isolate that answer. Read more...

Can drugs cause spasmodic torticollis?

Not exactly. There are certain drugs that work by blocking the action of dopamine, most of which are medications to treat psychosis or nausea (haldol, thorazine, phenergan, (promethazine) reglan) that can cause a "dystonic reaction" where the head is pulled involuntarily to one side, which would appear the same as someone with spasmodic torticollis. Read more...

What is spasmodic torticollis?

Spasmodic torticolli. Spasmodic torticollis is an extremely painful chronic neurological movement disorder causing the neck to involuntarily turn to the left, right, upwards, and/or downwards. The condition usually occurs in midlife. (wikipedia) http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/spasmodic_torticollis the new treatment that is very effective is botulinum toxin injections. Read more...

How is spasmodic torticollis treated?

Meds, injections. Spasmodic torticollis, also called cervical dystonia, has several treatment options. Oral medications are sometimes helpful (baclofen, artane). Because these medications sometimes cause side effects such as sedations, injections with botulinum toxin (such as botox) are often the most effective treatment option. Read more...

How is spasmodic torticollis detected?

Spasmodic torticolli. Spasmodic torticollis is an extremely painful chronic neurological movement disorder causing the neck to involuntarily turn to the left, right, upwards, and/or downwards. The condition usually occurs in midlife. (wikipedia) http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/spasmodic_torticollis the new treatment that is very effective is botulinum toxin injections. It is easily detected because it is very painful. Read more...

What are symptoms of spasmodic torticollis?

Turning to one side. Spasmodic torticollos is a nerve-based problem which results in muscles of the neck inappropriately turning to one side consistently. It can be painful and usually cannot be overcome by simply using the hands to push the face back to center. There are treatments for this, though, including pills that alter the signal from the brain to the muscles as well as Botox to weaken the neck muscles. Read more...

What oral medications can help spasmodic torticollis?

Spasmodic Torticolli. Anticholinergic agents, baclofen, klonopin, (clonazepam) if detected early. Another older medications are Dopamine blockers, but are out of fashion due to severe side-effects. Read more...
Very few. We sometimes try baclofen, valium derivatives, some seizure meds.... Sometimes l-dopa. But they don't work very well. Botox generally works better. Read more...

What exactly is spasmodic torticollis? Can it be treated?

Spasmodic torticolli. Spasmodic torticollis is an extremely painful chronic neurological movement disorder causing the neck to involuntarily turn to the left, right, upwards, and/or downwards. The condition usually occurs in midlife. (wikipedia) http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/spasmodic_torticollis the new treatment that is very effective is botulinum toxin injections. Read more...