How effective is deep brain stimulation for spasmodic torticollis?

~50% response rate. This is a non-fda approved indication for dbs. However, patients who fail medical therapies, including botox, can be considered. Approximately 50% of patients respond.
Might work. Please get in touch with a neurosurgeon or neurologist who are involved with this procedure. The degree of spasm or tremors that you are affected with, as well as what causes them, will be very important in understanding wether you are a candidate for this procedure.

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Can you tell me about deep brain stimulation for spasmodic torticollis dystonia?

DBS. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) is used in extreme cases to treat dystonia. The surgery involves implanting electrodes into a region of the brain, the globus pallidus, to help reduce tone in the muscles which is causing the torticollis. The efficacy of the surgery is somewhat related to genetic factors and also related to how long a person has been symptomatic. More chronic cases are harder to treat. Read more...

Can deep brain stimulation surgery treat spasmodic torticollis dystonia?

Yes. It is a non-fda approved indication. It is effective in approximately 50% of patients. Read more...
Yes. Dbs for dystonia is approved as a humanitarian device exemption by the fda in the United States. It can be very effective. See this link: http://brain.Oxfordjournals.Org/content/130/11/2879.Short. Read more...
Possibly. Please get in touch with a neurosurgeon or neurologist who are involved with this procedure. The degree of tremors that you are affected with, as well as what causes them, will be very important in understanding wether you are a candidate for this procedure. Read more...
DBS. Yes, some benefit from the procedure, although it is used off-label. Read more...

Is torticollis the same as cervical dystonia/spasmodic torticollis? I have pain & spasms in neck and minor involuntary movemnt. Will it become worse?

Yes; Possibly. Cervical dystonia is an imbalance in muscle activity of the neck muscles, which can cause abnormal postures or shaking. It is also known as torticollis or spasmodic torticollis. Most cases get slowly worse over time, though some cases have been reported of spontaneous improvement. Oral medicines and injections of Botox may be helfpul. 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...

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 the treatment for spasmodic torticollis?

BOTOX injections. This condition is very resistant to drug therapy local injection of botulinum toxin by a movement disorder specialist is the best way to treat it at present. Read more...
Muscle relaxers, and. Nsaid's if indicated. Therapy and massage with stretching exercises by a therapist. In young kids sometimes surgery would be indicated. Consult your orthopod for proper DX and treatment. Read more...

What is the best treatment for a spasmodic torticollis?

Physiotherapy. Current recommendations is massage and physiotherapy. Better to be seen by a neurologist and ophthalmology too to rule out neuro causes and opthal sequela of the torticollis. Read more...
Botox. The use of Botox injection has revolutionized the are of torticollis. Injections into the muscle will overtime relax the muscle and improve the issue. Read more...