spasmodic torticollis


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spas·mod·ic tor·ti·col·lis

a disorder of unknown cause, manifested as a restricted dystonia, localized to some of the neck muscles, especially the sternomastoid and trapezius; occurs in adults and tends to progress slowly; the head movements increase with standing and walking and decrease with contractual stimuli, for example, touching the chin or neck.

spasmodic torticollis

Etymology: Gk, spasmodes + L, tortus, twisted, collum, neck
a condition in which the head is inclined to one side as a result of episodes of spasms of the neck muscles. It is often transient, and examination seldom reveals a physical cause. In some cases, it may be brought on by severe stress.
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Spasmodic torticollis: characteristic head posture

spasmodic torticollis

Wry neck, see there, aka cervical dystonia.

spas·mod·ic tor·ti·col·lis

(ST) (spaz-modik tōrti-kolis)
Disorder of unknown cause, manifested as a restricted dystonia, localized to some of the neck muscles, especially the sternomastoid and trapezius.

spas·mod·ic tor·ti·col·lis

(spaz-modik tōrti-kolis)
Disorder of unknown cause, manifested as a restricted dystonia, localized to some neck muscles.
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One form of focal dystonia is spasmodic torticollis (also known as cervical dystonia), which involves the neck region.
1 years) -- Previous experience with neurotoxins -- Resistant to Type A (n=32; 22%) -- Responsive to Type A (n=113; 78%) -- Treatment: 3 escalating doses (10,000 Units, 12,500 Units, 15,000 Units) -- Measurement intervals: baseline, 2 weeks, every 4 weeks -- Effectiveness measurements: -- Toronto Western Spasmodic Torticollis Rating Scale (TWSTRS) Total Score (Torticollis Severity, Disability, Pain) -- Visual Analog Assessment (Patient Global, Investigator Global, Patient Pain)
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According to the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation, approximately 300,000 people in North America suffer from some form of dystonia, which ranges from writer's cramp to spasmodic torticollis.
Mentor Corporation (NYSE:MNT), a leading supplier of medical products in the United States and internationally, today announced that it has initiated the Phase 1 study of its proprietary botulinum toxin type A product, focused on the therapeutic indication of the treatment of pain associated with adult onset spasmodic torticollis in the United States.
Cervical dystonia, also known as spasmodic torticollis, is a neurological movement disorder in which a person's neck and shoulder muscles have contractions that force the head and neck into abnormal, and sometimes painful positions making it difficult for some patients to function normally in their daily activities.