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If my parent has genetic dystonia, how likely is it that I will inherit it?

The genetics of dystonia are complex. A genetic counselor can help families better understand the genetic implications in their particular case and whether they are eligible for testing. Genes have been identified for several types of dystonia including primary/isolated torsion dystonia, dopa-responsive dystonia, myoclonus dystonia, paroxysmal dystonias/dyskinesias, rapid-onset dystonia-parkinsonism and X-linked dystonia-parkinsonism.

However, not everyone who inherits a dystonia-causing gene will develop symptoms. Also, some people develop dystonia due to a gene mutation without any apparent family history. And to complicate things further, there are families in which many members are diagnosed with dystonia but no specific genetic mutation has yet been identified.

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