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Is surgery more effective than medications for treating cervical dystonia?
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Dr. Jerome Lisk
Neurology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Cervical Dystonia Tx
Botulinum Toxins are the first line medications for Cervical Dystonia & the majority respond to injections.
The Type A Botulinum Toxins are Xeomin, (incobotulinumtoxin a) Botox and Dysport. The Type B Botulinum Toxin is Myobloc. They are all equally effective. Deep Brain Stimulation is for those that don't respond to Botulinum Toxin and works very well for 50% of patients.

In brief: Cervical Dystonia Tx
Botulinum Toxins are the first line medications for Cervical Dystonia & the majority respond to injections.
The Type A Botulinum Toxins are Xeomin, (incobotulinumtoxin a) Botox and Dysport. The Type B Botulinum Toxin is Myobloc. They are all equally effective. Deep Brain Stimulation is for those that don't respond to Botulinum Toxin and works very well for 50% of patients.
Dr. Jerome Lisk
Dr. Jerome Lisk
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Dr. Nader Pouratian
Neurosurgery
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Not necessarily
Medication, including Botox therapy, are first line choice.

In brief: Not necessarily
Medication, including Botox therapy, are first line choice.
Dr. Nader Pouratian
Dr. Nader Pouratian
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Dr. William Goldie
Pediatrics - Neurology
In brief: Neither is good
Cervical dystonia is a inability to properly relax the neck muscles.
It may be associated with brain disorders, usually of the basal ganglia. If this has been present since childhood and is stable, there is little you can do. If it is a new condition and getting worse, then detailed neurological evaluation is appropriate. Trials of medications or surgery must be carefully evaluated.

In brief: Neither is good
Cervical dystonia is a inability to properly relax the neck muscles.
It may be associated with brain disorders, usually of the basal ganglia. If this has been present since childhood and is stable, there is little you can do. If it is a new condition and getting worse, then detailed neurological evaluation is appropriate. Trials of medications or surgery must be carefully evaluated.
Dr. William Goldie
Dr. William Goldie
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