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BrainWaves: A Neurology Podcast

Mar 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 has received 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.