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Cervical Dystonia (CD)
Alternative Names: Spasmodic Torticollis
Disease Category: Dystonias
A rare, often painful, movement disorder resulting in characteristic, sustained, or tremor-like involuntary muscle contractions of the neck. These muscle contractions cause abnormal movements and postures of the head and neck, either turning to one side or tilting forward or backward. Onset occurs usually in middle-age adults. Symptoms often temporarily worsen due to stress, excitement, or certain positions.
Research groups studying this disease
Dystonia Coalition (DC)View Disease Definition
6305: Dystonia Coalition Projects-3 (DCP3): Natural History; Objective Measures; Biobank; Patient-Centered Outcomes
This research includes four related projects each having different but overlapping goals. The first three projects, Natural History, Objective Measures, and Biobank, go together because they are related. The Patient-Centered Outcomes project is optional and depends on the type of dystonia you have and its treatment. 1. Natural History Project: The aim of this observational project is to better characterize the heterogeneity of clinical manifestations among subjects with dystonia, how these manifestations evolve over time, and how they relate to other family members. 2. Objective Measures Project: The aim of this project is to exploit technological advances for the development of objective tools to measure the severity of dystonia. 3. Biobank Project: The aim of this project is to develop a resource that expands the existing dystonia DNA biorepository to include other biomaterials. To date, no large multi-center open-access biorepository exists for any type of dystonia. 4. Patient-Centered Outcomes Project: The aim of this project is to delineate both between-subject and within-subject variations over time in response to the standard of care treatment with Botulinum toxin (BoNT) injections.
The mission of BEAT DYSTONIA is to encourage and fund scientific research for advanced treatments and ultimately, a cure for dystonia; personally advocate for those living with dystonia and their families and finally, to tirelessly raise awareness about dystonia in mainstream worldwide media. Beat Dystonia operates with zero overhead.
Improves quality of life for people living with dystonia in Europe and supports the search for a cure.
Promotes scientific research into the causes and treatments of dystonia, raises awareness, and offers support and information to patients and families.
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
Works to find a cure and serve people affected by dystonia and their families.
Dystonia Medical Research Foundation Canada
Advances research, promotes awareness and education, and supports the needs and well-being of individuals and families affected by dystonia.
Dystonia UK is the only national charity in the United Kingdom dedicated to helping people living with dystonia. They provide support for people with dystonia and their families through the publication of information and updates, influencing national policies and best practice, supporting research and development, and raising awareness of the little-known condition.
National Spasmodic Torticollis Association
Supports the needs and well-being of individuals with torticollis and their families through awareness, education, and advancement of research.
Tyler's Hope for a Dystonia Cure
Works to advance research for a cure, discover effective treatments, and promote awareness and education of DYT1 dystonia.
New Zealand Dystonia Patient Network
Supports dystonia patients, increases awareness, and facilitates research with the aim of seeking better treatments, prevention, and a cure.
Dystonia Network of Australia
Provides a pathway to support, information, literature, and community awareness for those affected by dystonia and their caregivers.