Skip to Content
Home > Wellness > Health Library > Torsion Dystonia
Torsion dystonia is a rare inherited disease that causes
sustained, twisting spasms. These spasms may only affect one limb at first but
often spread to other limbs and the midsection.
is usually diagnosed between the ages of 6 and 16. After it is diagnosed, it
progresses rapidly. Torsion dystonia does not affect mental functioning. It is
more common in people of Jewish heritage.
Treatment of torsion
dystonia includes medicines to control muscle spasms. Sometimes brain surgery
is done. Support groups and counseling can be helpful for people with torsion
dystonia and for their families. Genetic testing is available to identify
carriers of the disease and help guide decisions about having children.
Current as of:
February 24, 2016
Patrice Burgess, MD - Family Medicine & Siobhan M. Dolan, MD, MPH - Reproductive Genetics
To learn more about Healthwise, visit Healthwise.org.
© 1995-2016 Healthwise, Incorporated. Healthwise, Healthwise for every health decision, and the Healthwise logo are trademarks of Healthwise, Incorporated.
I Want To...
Our interactive Decision Points guide you through making key health decisions by combining medical information with your personal information.
You'll find Decision Points to help you answer questions about:
Get started learning more about your health!
Our Interactive Tools can help you make smart decisions for a healthier life. You'll find personal calculators and tools for health and fitness, lifestyle checkups, and pregnancy.
Feeling under the weather?
Use our interactive symptom checker to evaluate your symptoms and determine appropriate action or treatment.