Who is likely to get dystonia?

Dystonia can affect people of all ages, genders, and ethnicities. However, some factors can increase the risk of developing dystonia, including:

  1. Age: Dystonia can occur at any age, but some forms of dystonia are more common in certain age groups. For example, dystonia that develops in childhood is more likely to affect multiple body parts, while adult-onset dystonia is more likely to affect a specific body part, such as the neck or hands.
  2. Family history: Some forms of dystonia, such as hereditary dystonia, are inherited and run in families. If you have a family history of dystonia, your risk of developing the condition may be increased.
  3. Neurological conditions: People with certain neurological conditions, such as Parkinson’s disease or traumatic brain injury, are at increased risk of developing dystonia.
  4. Toxins: Exposure to certain toxins, such as carbon monoxide or heavy metals, can increase the risk of developing dystonia.
  5. Medical procedures: Certain medical procedures, such as deep brain stimulation, may increase the risk of developing dystonia.

It’s important to keep in mind that having one or more of these risk factors does not guarantee that a person will develop dystonia. Many people with dystonia have no known risk factors. If you’re concerned about your risk of developing dystonia, it’s best to speak with a doctor for a proper evaluation and guidance.