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Dystonia Your Health

About This Condition

About Dystonia

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder. Primarily a hereditary condition, dystonia can cause severe involuntary muscle contractions that may interfere with your everyday life.

Definition and Symptoms

Dystonia is a neurological movement disorder characterised by involuntary muscle contractions. These contractions force certain parts of the body into repetitive, twisting movements or painful postures.

Individuals with dystonia often suffer from abnormal involuntary muscle contractions that may often interfere with everyday functions like walking, sleeping, eating, and talking.



Causes

Although the causes of dystonia are unclear, primary dystonia is mainly hereditary. Generalised dystonia is considered the most difficult form of dystonia to live with and to treat.


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