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Dystonia is a neurological condition characterised by abnormal muscle contractions, often causing repetitive twisting movements or abnormal postures. Varying forms of surgical intervention, for dystonia unresponsive to medical therapy, have evolved over the years and have often been associated with poor outcomes and high morbidity. The advent of stereotactic neurosurgery and the success of Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS) in treating a number of movement disorders has revolutionized the surgical treatment for dystonia. This chapter reviews the literature concerning the surgical treatment dystonic conditions, from historical origins to the current use of modern functional neurosurgical techniques.

Original publication




Journal article


Int Rev Neurobiol

Publication Date





573 - 589


Deep Brain Stimulation, Dystonia, Humans