Cervical Dystonia | Causes & Risk Factors


Who is at risk for cervical dystonia?

Cervical dystonia may run in families. Women are more likely than men to have this condition. Cervical dystonia usually affects people between 40 and 60 years of age.

What causes cervical dystonia?

Cervical dystonia may be caused by a problem in the basal ganglia. The basal ganglia are the part of the brain that send out messages to start muscle movement. Cervical dystonia may also occur after an injury to the head or neck or after a stroke.


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Created: 08/10