An autosomal dominant dystonia-parkinsonism disorder. Dystonia is defined by the presence of sustained involuntary muscle contractions, often leading to abnormal postures. DYT12 patients develop dystonia and parkinsonism between 15 and 45 years of age. The disease is characterized by an unusually rapid evolution of signs and symptoms. The sudden onset of symptoms over hours to a few weeks, often associated with physical or emotional stress, suggests a trigger initiating a nervous system insult resulting in permanent neurologic disability.
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