Spasmodic Torticollis

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Spasmodic Torticollis

Spasmodic torticollis, also called cervical dystonia, is a painful condition in which the neck muscles contract involuntarily, causing the head to twist or turn to one side. The head may also tilt forward or backward uncontrollably. This is a rare disorder that can occur at any age, though it is present more often in middle-aged people, and more commonly seen in women. Symptoms usually begin slowly and then reach a point where they do not get much worse. There is no cure for spasmodic torticollis, though sometimes the condition may resolve without treatment.

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The terms "Spasmodic Torticollis" returned 42 free, full-text research articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Trunk bradykinesia and foveation delays during whole-body turns in spasmodic torticollis.
 

Author(s): Dimitri Anastasopoulos, Nafsica Ziavra, Ronald Pearce, Adolfo M Bronstein

Journal: J. Neurol.. 2013 Aug;260(8):2057-65.

 

We have investigated how the abnormal head posture and motility in spasmodic torticollis interferes with ecological movements such as combined eye-to-foot whole-body reorientations to visual targets. Eight mildly affected patients and 10 controls voluntarily rotated eyes and body ...

Last Updated: 6 Aug 2013

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Cross-cultural adaptation of the Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale (TWSTRS) to Brazilian Portuguese.
 

Author(s): Flávio Augusto Sekeff-Sallem, Paulo Caramelli, Egberto Reis Barbosa

Journal: Arq Neuropsiquiatr. 2011 ;69(2B):316-9.

 

Cervical dystonia (CD) is a prevalent and incapacitating movement disorder which needs a thorough clinical evaluation of every patient to better tailor treatment strategies. In Brazil, there are no validated CD scales that measure the burden of dystonia. The aim of our study was to ...

Last Updated: 31 May 2011

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Adolescent spasmodic torticollis treated by moxibustion--a report on 30 cases.
 

Author(s): Liwu Zhou

Journal: J Tradit Chin Med. 2007 Jun;27(2):111-2.

 

Last Updated: 22 Aug 2007

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The terms "Spasmodic Torticollis" returned 2 free, full-text review articles on human participants. First 3 results:

Role of the vestibular system in the pathophysiology of spasmodic torticollis.
 

Author(s): A Münchau, A M Bronstein

Journal: J. Neurol. Neurosurg. Psychiatr.. 2001 Sep;71(3):285-8.

 

Last Updated: 20 Aug 2001

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Spasmodic torticollis: medical and botulinum A toxin treatment.
 

Author(s): M C Lee

Journal: Yonsei Med. J.. 1992 Dec;33(4):289-93.

 

The exact pathophysiologic mechanisms of spasmodic torticollis and other idiopathic torsion dystonias remain largely unknown. Thus, a variety of drugs have been used alone or in combination on an empirical basis to treat these disorders, but to date none have efficacy that is proven ...

Last Updated: 20 Oct 1993

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ASIS for Botox in Cervical Dystonia
 

Status: Not yet recruiting

Condition Summary: Cervical Dystonia Adults ,; Abnormal Head Position and Neck Pain for These 7 Muscle Groups: Splenius,Scalene,Sterno-cleido-mastoid,Levator Scapulae,Semispinalis,Trapezius,and Longissimus.

 

Last Updated: 26 Feb 2014

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Effects of Botulinum Toxin in Cervical Dystonia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Torticollis; Cervical Dystonia

 

Last Updated: 24 Jun 2011

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Insights Into Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) for Cervical Dystonia
 

Status: Recruiting

Condition Summary: Cervical Dystonia

 

Last Updated: 13 May 2014

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