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#1Minute1Disease: focal dystonia

May 27, 2019

The purpose of the #1Minute1Disease with Carenity is to raise awareness of a disease: key figures, symptoms, causes and treatments are discussed. Share this article to help raise awareness of chronic diseases among those around you!

#1Minute1Disease: focal dystonia

What is focal dystonia?

Focal dystonia is a disorder of the nervous system that affects 70,000 people in the UK. It can be of genetic origin (called primary dystonia) or it can be the result of trauma, infection or the use of certain drugs (called secondary dystonia). The most common form of focal dystonia is cervical dystonia - or spastic torticollis - which affects the neck area.

The main symptoms are involuntary muscle contractions. There is no specific medical examination to diagnose the disease. The main treatment is botulinum toxin, injected directly into the muscle affected by dystonia. This helps to relieve contractions but today, it is not possible to cure dystonia. Other complementary treatments exist, such as physiotherapy.

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Author: Louise-B, Content & Community Manager

Community Manager of Carenity in France, Louise is also editor-in-chief of the Health Magazine to provide articles, videos and testimonials that focus on patients' experiences and making their voices heard. With a multidisciplinary background in journalism, she coordinates the writing of content for the Carenity platforms and facilitates the members' interaction on the site.

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