BrainWaves #99 Intro to dystonia
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MedLink Neurology Podcast
BrainWaves #99 Intro to dystonia
Feb 01, 2024 Season 1 Episode 99
MedLink Neurology

MedLink Neurology Podcast is delighted to feature selected episodes from BrainWaves, courtesy of James E Siegler MD, its originator and host. BrainWaves is an academic audio podcast whose mission is to educate medical providers through clinical cases and topical reviews in neurology, medicine, and the humanities, and episodes originally aired from 2016 to 2021.


Originally released: March 1, 2018


Dystonia refers to a complex spectrum of disturbances in movement, and the differential diagnosis is even more complicated, but Drs. Andres Deik and David Coughlin make it simple. In this week's episode of the BrainWaves podcast, we'll run through the basics of a dystonia differential and approach to managing patients with these complex symptoms.


Produced by James E Siegler and David Coughlin. Music by Lee Rosevere, Rui, and the Freeharmonic Orchestra. BrainWaves' podcasts and online content are intended for medical education only and should not be used for clinical decision-making.




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Andres Deik eceived consulting royalties from Adamas therapeutics, Teva pharmaceuticals, ITF Pharma, and Cynapsus Therapeutics. His research has been funded in part by Cynapsus therapeutics and The Dystonia Coalition. David Coughlin, like Jim Siegler, has no competing financial interests to disclose.



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