ScientiaCME Straightening out our approach to the management of cervical dystonia: optimizing treatment strategies
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Cervical dystonia is the most common focal dystonia, characterized by involuntary muscular contractions resulting in abnormal head, neck, and shoulder movements in addition to posture that can cause tremor and pain. Early-onset dystonia can begin in infancy, childhood, or adolescence, and it generally progresses from focal to generalized. Adult-onset dystonia usually affects the upper part of the body; the origin of the dystonia determines the risk of spread. Cervical dystonia may appear as torticollis, laterocollis, anterocollis, or retrocollis. It may be distinguished from nondystonic hand tremor and essential tremor by the absence of limb tremor and the manner of neck movement. However, it is more difficult to distinguish from pseudodystonias, resulting in misdiagnosis and inappropriate treatment.
The following HCPs: medical neurologists; physician assistants, nurse practitioners, and pharmacists who practice in neurology; and other clinicians who commonly encounter patients with cervical dystonia.