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Can dystonia be prevented?

Because the cause of dystonia is unknown is many cases it is difficult to prevent the condition. In some cases, genetic factors may be the cause, while in others, other disorders or certain medications may be triggering dystonia symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing symptoms to figure out treatment options.

This is a complex question, because researchers are still working to fully understand how and why dystonia occurs. We do know dystonia can be caused by many things: genetic mutations, brain injury, certain medications, just to name a few. But many people who are exposed to these things never develop dystonia.

Testing is availble for specific genetic types of dystonia. A genetic counselor can help people determine whether they are candidates for genetic testing and what they may be able to learn about the risk of dystonia for themselves and their family members. 

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