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Dystonia affects at least 300,000 people in North America but the misdiagnosis rate is believed to be 90%. Children are generally afflicted by a genetic form but adult-onset can occur after trauma, or exposure to certain drugs or for no obvious reason. One woman suffered from dystonia caused by an epidural - doctors recommended she see a psychiatrist. It is often linked to Parkinson's.
Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Wall Street Journal
About: Dystonia symptoms are often undetected or misdiagnosed
Date: 3 June 2004
Source: Wall Street Journal
Author: Laura Landro
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