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What is Myoclonic dystonia?

What is Myoclonic dystonia?

  • Myoclonic dystonia: A very rare inherited syndrome characterized mainly by mild dystonia and myoclonic jerks that occur mainly in the arms, neck and trunk. Alcohol makes the condition worse. Psychiatric disorders are also often present.

Myoclonic dystonia is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Myoclonic dystonia, or a subtype of Myoclonic 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 Myoclonic dystonia as a "rare disease".
Source - Orphanet

Myoclonic dystonia: Introduction

Types of Myoclonic dystonia:

Broader types of Myoclonic dystonia:

How serious is Myoclonic dystonia?

Complications of Myoclonic dystonia: see complications of Myoclonic dystonia

What causes Myoclonic dystonia?

Causes of Myoclonic dystonia: see causes of Myoclonic dystonia

What are the symptoms of Myoclonic dystonia?

Symptoms of Myoclonic dystonia: see symptoms of Myoclonic dystonia

Complications of Myoclonic dystonia: see complications of Myoclonic dystonia

Onset of Myoclonic dystonia: usually first two decades of life

Myoclonic dystonia: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Myoclonic dystonia.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Myoclonic dystonia.

How is it treated?

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

Name and Aliases of Myoclonic dystonia

Main name of condition: Myoclonic dystonia

Other names or spellings for Myoclonic dystonia:

myoclonus-dystonia syndrome, dystonia, alcohol-responsive, myoclonus, hereditary essential, Hereditary essential myoclonus

Dystonia, alcohol responsive, Hereditary essential myoclonus, Myoclonus, hereditary essential, Myoclonus-dystonia syndrome
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)


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