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Cure Research for Dystonias

Treatments for Dystonias

Treatments to consider for Dystonias may include:

Cure Research discussion for Dystonias:

Investigators believe that the dystonias result from an abnormality in an area of the brain called the basal ganglia, where some of the messages that initiate muscle contractions are processed. Scientists suspect a defect in the body's ability to process a group of chemicals called neurotransmitters that help cells in the brain communicate with each other. Scientists at the NINDS laboratories have conducted detailed investigations of the pattern of muscle activity in persons with dystonias. Studies using EEG analysis and neuroimaging are probing brain activity. The search for the gene or genes responsible for some forms of dominantly inherited dystonias continues. In 1989, a team of researchers mapped a gene for early-onset torsion dystonia to chromosome 9; the gene was subsequently named DYT1. In 1997, the team sequenced the DYT1 gene and found that it codes for a previously unknown protein now called "torsin A." (Source: excerpt from NINDS Dystonias Information Page: NINDS)

Clinical Trials for Dystonias

Some of the clinical trials for Dystonias include:

 

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