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Does dystonia get progressively worse over time?

Within five years after symptoms begin, dystonia stabilizes for most people. Symptoms do not get worse or spread. However, this is not the case for generalized dystonias, which are often hereditary. Many people with generalized dystonia begin experiencing symptoms of the disease as children, and they get progressively worse.

Dystonia symptoms may stabilize after a period of time, or may continue to progress over time. Effective treatment can prevent or slow progression. Dystonia that begins in childhood is more likely to spread to multiple body parts and more likely to be associated with additional movement and neurological symptoms. Dystonia that develops during adulthood is more likely to remain focal to a specific body area.

 

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