Good Practice Guide


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If a GP or other medical professional suspects a neurological movement disorder, they should enquire about general health, approximate timing of onset of the problem and note which body parts are affected, exclude serious co-existing medical disorders and offer support. A referral should be made to the following specialists who will be responsible for making the diagnosis and treating dystonia:

Type of Dystonia Referral to:
Laryngeal dystonia    Laryngologist or ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon
Blepharospasm Neurologist specialising in movement disorders  or an ophthalmologist
Oromandibular dystonia  Neurologist specialising in movement disorders  or an ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon
Any dystonia affecting children Paediatric movement disorder neurologist or paediatric neurologist
All other types of dystonia Neurologist specialising in movement disorders

 

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