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What is Focal dystonia?

What is Focal dystonia?

  • Focal dystonia: A neurological condition that affects a localized muscle group causing the muscle to contract and twist. For example, foot dystonia can cause the muscles to contract and the toes to curl inwards. The disorder can occur in the limbs, larynx, jaw, neck trunk and other body parts.

Focal dystonia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Focal dystonia, or a subtype of Focal dystonia, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Ophanet, a consortium of European partners, currently defines a condition rare when it affects 1 person per 2,000. They list Focal dystonia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Focal dystonia: Introduction

Types of Focal dystonia:

Broader types of Focal dystonia:

What causes Focal dystonia?

Causes of Focal dystonia: see causes of Focal dystonia

What are the symptoms of Focal dystonia?

Symptoms of Focal dystonia: see symptoms of Focal dystonia

Focal dystonia: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Focal dystonia.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Focal dystonia.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Focal dystonia: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Focal dystonia.
Treatments for Focal dystonia: see treatments for Focal dystonia
Research for Focal dystonia: see research for Focal dystonia

Name of Focal dystonia

Main name of condition: Focal dystonia


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