Dystonia Coalition Projects

2019-11-13 17:56:52 | BioPortfolio


Dystonia is a disorder characterized by excessive involuntary contraction of muscles with repetitive and patterned movements. The primary focal dystonias are the most common type of dystonia and include Limb dystonias (like writer's cramp), Cervical dystonia (spasmodic torticollis), Laryngeal dystonias (like spasmodic dysphonia), and Craniofacial dystonias (like blepharospasm). The purpose of this study is to create resources to help learn more about the primary focal dystonias and to develop and validate various dystonia rating scales.


This collaborative, international effort has two primary goals. The first is to create a biospecimen repository and associated clinical database to be used as a resource for dystonia and related disease research. The second goal is to create and validate various rating scales for focal dystonias to be used during a typical clinical examination. Across sites, the investigators hope to enroll at least 5,000 adult patients.

Subjects of this study will be asked to complete a neurological exam which will be videotaped, complete some questionnaires, and donate a blood sample. A study visit will take between 45 minutes and 1 hour depending upon which portions of the study a subject completes. A subset of subjects will be asked to return no more often than once a year for a one hour follow-up visit.

Study Design




Dystonia Coalition is an observational study.




University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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Medical and Biotech [MESH] Definitions

Acquired and inherited conditions that feature DYSTONIA as a primary manifestation of disease. These disorders are generally divided into generalized dystonias (e.g., dystonia musculorum deformans) and focal dystonias (e.g., writer's cramp). They are also classified by patterns of inheritance and by age of onset.

An attitude or posture due to the co-contraction of agonists and antagonist muscles in one region of the body. It most often affects the large axial muscles of the trunk and limb girdles. Conditions which feature persistent or recurrent episodes of dystonia as a primary manifestation of disease are referred to as DYSTONIC DISORDERS. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p77)

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