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Journal of the Korean Academy of Rehabilitation Medicine 1997;21(1):244-248.
Dopa-Responsive Dystonia: A Case Report.
Park, Chang Il , Kim, You Chul , Shin, Ji Cheol , Kim, Min Young , Ahn, Juhn
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Korea.
Dopa 반응성 근긴장이상증 -증례 보고-
박창일, 김유철, 신지철, 김민영, 안준
연세대학교 의과대학 재활의학교실

Dystonia is a rare syndrome of sustained muscle contractions which frequently causes twisting and repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Dopa-responsive dystonia(DRD) is a slowly progressive dystonia with childhood onset. Initial gait disturbance with toe-walking, diurnal variation of symptoms, dramatic response to levodopa treatment and concurrent signs of parkinsonism are other characteristics of DRD.

We report a 22 year old woman who showed the typical characteristics of DRD and was successfully managed with medical, surgical and rehabilitational methods. Better understanding of the disease entity and its treatment options are necessary for comprehensive rehabilitational management of DRD.

Key Words: Dopa-responsive dystonia, Diurnal variation, Levodopa, Rehabilitational management


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