Diseases & Conditions


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Spasmodic Torticollis


Synonyms of Spasmodic Torticollis
  • Cervical Dystonia
  • ICD
  • Idiopathic Cervical Dystonia
  • Spasmodic Wryneck
  • Torticollis

Disorder Subdivisions

  • Clonic Spasmodic Torticollis
  • Mixed Tonic and Clonic Torticollis
  • Tonic Spasmodic Torticollis


General Discussion
Spasmodic Torticollis, also known as cervical dystonia, is a form of dystonia characterized by intermittent spasms of the neck muscles resulting in involuntary rotation and tilting of the head. These movements are frequently painful. There are three different varieties of the disorder: tonic, causing sustained turning of the head to one side; clonic, causing shaking movements of the head; and mixed tonic and clonic, involving both kinds of movements. The exact cause of this disorder is usually unknown, and it tends to appear in adults.

Organizations related to Spasmodic Torticollis
  • Dystonia Medical Research Foundation
    1 East Wacker Drive
    Chicago IL 60601-1905
    Phone #: 312-755-0198
    800 #: 800-377-3978
    e-mail: dystonia@dystonia-foundation.org
    Home page: http://www.dystonia-foundation.org
  • Dystonia Society
    89 Albert Embankment
    London Intl SE1 7TP
    Phone #: 084-5 4-58 6211
    800 #: 084-5 4-58 6322
    e-mail: info@dystonia.org.uk
    Home page: http://www.dystonia.org.uk
  • MUMS (Mothers United for Moral Support, Inc) National Parent-to-Parent Network
    150 Custer Court
    Green Bay WI 54301-1243
    Phone #: 920-336-5333
    800 #: 877-336-5333
    e-mail: mums@netnet.net
    Home page: http://www.netnet.net/mums/
  • National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS)
    31 Center Drive
    Bethesda MD 20892-2540
    Phone #: 301-496-5751
    800 #: 800-352-9424
    e-mail: braininfo@ninds.nih.gov
    Home page: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/
  • National Spasmodic Torticollis Association
    9920 Talbert Avenue
    Fountain Valley CA 92708
    Phone #: 714-378-9837
    800 #: 800-487-8385
    e-mail: NSTAmail@aol.com
    Home page: http://www.torticollis.org
  • Spasmodic Torticollis Dystonia, Inc
    PO Box 28
    Mukwonago WI 53149
    Phone #: 262-560-9534
    800 #: 888-445-4588
    e-mail: info@spasmodictorticollis.org
    Home page: http://www.spasmodictorticollis.org
  • WE MOVE (Worldwide Education and Awareness for Movement Disorders)
    204 West 84th Street
    New York NY 10024
    Phone #: 212-875-8312
    800 #: N/A
    e-mail: wemove@wemove.org
    Home page: http://www.wemove.org



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