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Symptoms of dystonia include muscle cramps and spasms, and parts of your body twisting or shaking. Symptoms may be triggered by certain activities.

To diagnose dystonia, a specialist will ask about your symptoms and may do tests such as blood and urine tests or a brain scan.

Types of dystonia include generalised dystonia which affects most of the body, and myoclonus dystonia which affects the arms, neck and torso.

Treatments for dystonia include injections of botulinum toxin, medicines to relax the muscles or a type of surgery called deep brain stimulation.

Dystonia is usually a lifelong condition. It affects people differently, and symptoms can vary from one day to another.

Dystonia is caused by a problem with the brain. It can be inherited or caused by some other conditions or taking certain medicines.

Dystonia is a condition that causes uncontrolled and sometimes painful muscle movements. It can affect your whole body or just 1 part.

Page last reviewed: 15/05/2024
Next review due: 15/05/2027