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Pediatric Dystonia

Key Points About Dystonia in Children

  • Dystonia affects how the body moves. The condition makes muscles involuntarily contract and can result in pain, fatigue and exhaustion.
  • It can affect the entire body or a certain part of the body.
  • Experts aren’t certain what causes dystonia. But they think it’s a problem in the part of your brain called the basal ganglia.
  • Treatments can help manage dystonia and prevent complications.
  • Researchers have come a long way in understanding and treating dystonia. More research may reveal even more successful strategies.


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Movement Disorders Treatment at Children's National Hospital

The Movement Disorders Program at Children’s National offers evaluation, diagnosis and treatment to more than 400 children each year with conditions that affect the speed, quality and ease of their movement. Discover more about the treatments we offer.

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Meet the Providers Who Treat Dystonia

Departments that Treat Dystonia

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Our pediatric neuroscience team is the largest in the country, allowing us to offer our vast experience to patients and families.