Dystonia

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Dystonia

Dystonia is a condition that causes your muscles to spontaneously contract, or movement without control. Examples include: uncontrolled blinking, repetitive twisting of your head, and voice changes (e.g. whispering or soft voice). Dystonia can be caused by dysfunction in nerve cell communication, or the way your brain communicates with your muscles, as well as other disease such as Parkinson's disorder, Huntington's disease, strokes, brain tumors. Side effects of dystonia include pain, difficulty with jaw movement or functional blindness. Treatment for dystonia can include oral medications, physical therapy,speech therapy, brain stimulation. There are also alternative medicine options such as yoga, meditation, pilates that can be done at home.

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Dystonia" for support, advocacy or research.

Center for Jewish Genetics

The Center is dedicated to gathering and disseminating knowledge about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. Its mission is to educate and serve health care professionals, clergy and the Jewish community.

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2012

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Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

The mission of the DMRF is to advance research for more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for dystonia, to promote awareness and education, and to support the well being of dystonia affected individuals and families.

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2012

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Movement Disorder Society

The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is an international professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, who are interested in Parkinson's disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

The mission of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association is to advance medical research into the causes of and treatments for spasmodic dysphonia, promote physician and public awareness of the disorder, and provide support to those affected by spasmodic dysphonia.

Last Updated: 9 Nov 2012

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The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation

The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation was established in 1995 to find better treatments and cures for the movement disorders dystonia and Parkinson's disease and to provide medical and patient information.

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Condition Specific Organizations

Following organizations serve the condition "Dystonia" for support, advocacy or research.

Center for Jewish Genetics

The Center is dedicated to gathering and disseminating knowledge about Jewish genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. Its mission is to educate and serve health care professionals, clergy and the Jewish community.

http://www.jewishgenetics.org

Last Updated: 26 Dec 2012

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Dystonia Medical Research Foundation

The mission of the DMRF is to advance research for more effective treatments and ultimately a cure for dystonia, to promote awareness and education, and to support the well being of dystonia affected individuals and families.

http://www.dystonia-foundation.org

Last Updated: 29 Oct 2012

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Movement Disorder Society

The Movement Disorder Society (MDS) is an international professional society of clinicians, scientists, and other healthcare professionals, who are interested in Parkinson's disease, related neurodegenerative and neurodevelopmental disorders, hyperkinetic movement disorders, and abnormalities in muscle tone and motor control.

http://www.movementdisorders.org/MDS.htm

Last Updated: 5 May 2014

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National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association

The mission of the National Spasmodic Dysphonia Association is to advance medical research into the causes of and treatments for spasmodic dysphonia, promote physician and public awareness of the disorder, and provide support to those affected by spasmodic dysphonia.

http://www.dysphonia.org/

Last Updated: 9 Nov 2012

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The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation

The Bachmann-Strauss Dystonia & Parkinson Foundation was established in 1995 to find better treatments and cures for the movement disorders dystonia and Parkinson's disease and to provide medical and patient information.

https://www.dystonia-parkinson.org

Last Updated: 15 Feb 2013

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Scientific Literature

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The terms "Dystonia" returned 777 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Progressive deafness-dystonia due to SERAC1 mutations: A study of 67 cases.
 

Author(s): Roeltje R Maas, Katarzyna Iwanicka-Pronicka, Sema Kalkan Ucar, Bader Alhaddad, Moeenaldeen AlSayed, Mohammed A Al-Owain, Hamad I Al-Zaidan, Shanti Balasubramaniam, Ivo Barić, Dalal K Bubshait, Alberto Burlina, John Christodoulou, Wendy K Chung, Roberto Colombo, Niklas Darin, Peter Freisinger, Maria Teresa Garcia Silva, Stephanie Grunewald, Tobias B Haack, Peter M van Hasselt, Omar Hikmat, Friederike Hörster, Pirjo Isohanni, Khushnooda Ramzan, Reka Kovacs-Nagy, Zita Krumina, Elena Martin-Hernandez, Johannes A Mayr, Patricia McClean, Linda De Meirleir, Karin Naess, Lock H Ngu, Magdalena Pajdowska, Shamima Rahman, Gillian Riordan, Lisa Riley, Benjamin Roeben, Frank Rutsch, Rene Santer, Manuel Schiff, Martine Seders, Silvia Sequeira, Wolfgang Sperl, Christian Staufner, Matthis Synofzik, Robert W Taylor, Joanna Trubicka, Konstantinos Tsiakas, Ozlem Unal, Evangeline Wassmer, Yehani Wedatilake, Toni Wolff, Holger Prokisch, Eva Morava, Ewa Pronicka, Ron A Wevers, Arjan P de Brouwer, Saskia B Wortmann

Journal: Ann. Neurol.. 2017 Dec;82(6):1004-1015.

 

3-Methylglutaconic aciduria, dystonia-deafness, hepatopathy, encephalopathy, Leigh-like syndrome (MEGDHEL) syndrome is caused by biallelic variants in SERAC1.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Velopharyngeal Dystonia: An Unusual Focal Task-specific Dystonia?
 

Author(s): Amar S Patel, Lucian Sulica, Steven J Frucht

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Velopharyngeal dysfunction produces a nasal speech pattern because of the inability to close the nasal airway during speech, most often associated with anatomical abnormalities of the palate.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Development of Hyperkinesias after Long-term Pallidal Stimulation for Idiopathic Segmental Dystonia.
 

Author(s): Andreas Wloch, Christian Blahak, Mahmoud Abdallat, Hans E Heissler, Marc E Wolf, Joachim K Krauss

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Chronic deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the globus pallidus internus (GPi) has become an established treatment for dystonia. While bradykinetic symptoms may occur on chronic stimulation, the appearance of hyperkinetic movements has not been well characterized.

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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The terms "Dystonia" returned 118 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

The Anatomical Basis for Dystonia: The Motor Network Model.
 

Author(s): H A Jinnah, Vladimir Neychev, Ellen J Hess

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The dystonias include a clinically and etiologically very diverse group of disorders. There are both degenerative and non-degenerative subtypes resulting from genetic or acquired causes. Traditionally, all dystonias have been viewed as disorders of the basal ganglia. However, there ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Efficacy of pallidal stimulation in isolated dystonia: a systematic review and meta-analysis.
 

Author(s): E Moro, C LeReun, J K Krauss, A Albanese, J-P Lin, S Walleser Autiero, T C Brionne, M Vidailhet

Journal: Eur. J. Neurol.. 2017 04;24(4):552-560.

 

The aim of this review was to provide strong clinical evidence of the efficacy of deep brain stimulation (DBS) of the globus pallidus internus (GPi) in isolated inherited or idiopathic dystonia. Eligible studies were identified after a systematic literature review of the effects of ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Deep brain stimulation for dystonia: a novel perspective on the value of genetic testing.
 

Author(s): H A Jinnah, Ron Alterman, Christine Klein, Joachim K Krauss, Elena Moro, Marie Vidailhet, Robert Raike

Journal: J Neural Transm (Vienna). 2017 Apr;124(4):417-430.

 

The dystonias are a group of disorders characterized by excessive muscle contractions leading to abnormal movements and postures. There are many different clinical manifestations and underlying causes. Deep brain stimulation (DBS) provides an effect treatment, but outcomes can vary ...

Last Updated: 31 Dec 1969

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Last Updated: 29 Sep 2017

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Interactions Between Striatum and Cerebellum in ADCY5 and PRRT2 Dystonias
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Dystonia

 

Last Updated: 27 Mar 2018

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Exercise Training in Dystonia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Dystonia

 

Last Updated: 19 Dec 2017

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