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Is acute dystonia an emergency? Sometimes, it really is!

Journal title
Pediatric emergency care
Publication year
2013
Author(s)
Kanburoglu, M. K.; Derinoz, O.; Cizmeci, M. N.; Havali, C.
Pages
380-2
Volume
29
Number
3

Most cases of acute dystonia are mild and easy to manage; nevertheless, some of them can be fatal because of the involvement of certain muscle groups such as the laryngeal muscles, thus requiring urgent intervention. In the literature, approach to life-threatening acute dystonia has not been investigated thoroughly, although the diagnosis is a challenge, and treatment should be offered immediately. Herein the management of life-threatening acute dystonia is discussed via 2 case reports.

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