Diagnosed with myoclonus dystonia after years of baffling medical tests, living with too many animals?

I’m writing about a situation I am aware of, but is not my own family. A young friend (12 years old) has been diagnosed, after years of baffling medical tests of all kinds, with myoclonus dystonia. It is pretty severe! I have become aware, recently, that there are numerous pets living in the home, many of which potty all over the house. The house reeks of cat urine and is fly infested. Everyone is happy and well loved, but I am wondering if some of the symptoms this young person suffers could be related to living with too many animals in an unkept environment. I can’t find any indication that this is true from my browsing on-line, but wondered if an expert could throw some light on the possibility. The child doesn’t seem to have any respiratory symptoms, nor do the siblings in the home. I’m doubtful, but still want to know if it is possible. Could this be the missing link to answer all the baffling gaps in understanding what is going on in this child’s body? I’m sorry I don’t have more information such as you request, but again, this is not my family and I don’t have access to that info. Thanks for your time and consideration. I want to know how to advise the mother and whether to bring this possibility to bear on getting them to relinquish their pets as well as whether to bring their doctors up to speed on the presence of all the pets. They used to have ferrets too, if that is any help. Outdoors they have goats and fowl. Any connection to dystonia symptoms in any of those? Thanks.





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Dr Mahaveer
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Dr Mahaveer

hi,
this disease has nothing to do with the animals around. its a congenital neurological disorder. Some neuronal transmission in the brain is disturbed causing the symptoms. he should consult a neurologist nearby,preferably a pediatric neurologist

shw12
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shw12

HI
IT IS HARD TO DECIDE RETROSPECTIVELY WHETHER THE SYMPTOMS ARE DUE TO THE PET ANIMALS AROUND. BUT SCIENTIFICALLY SPEAKING,NEUROLOGICAL DISEASES GIVE RISE TO DYSTONIA SYMPTOMS. A NEUROPHYSICIAN WOULD OFFER AN INSIGHT INTO THE PROBLEM BY GETTING A THOROUGH ASSESSMENT. EEG TEST SHOULD BE DONE TO RULE OUT BRAIN CELL DYSFUNCTION.

mrsshalini14
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mrsshalini14

hello there
12 years old,,dystonia is most probably an acquired disease. it may occur during early years of life of around 10-11 years when the brain development takes place. The reason for dystonia though is not the animals or pets around in the family. It is surely related to a neurological disease that needs to be found out. EEG and MRI brain need to be done

Dr. Ayman Darrag
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Dr. Ayman Darrag

Hi and welcome to question doctors .com
It is kind of you to think about someone’s health abd care for …
Myoclonus dystonia is a neurological disorder which is of unknown cause generally…but research says that secondary dystonia may be due to some causes one of them is secondary to T.B ..encephalitis and HIV..
This is why you need to advice them to maintain healthy well oxygenated environment at home and clean hygienic surrounding in order to prevent further injury to the child or causing illness to any other person…

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Thank you, doctors, for your insight. They have done MRIs and EEGs and I can’t even name all the tests! There seems to be some indication of a genetic link and iron accumulation (also genetic, if I understand it correctly). I just needed to know if there was a possible link to the animals too. I can now address that issue with the parents and help them get it under control, but for more obvious and normal reasons. Thank you for your time and expertise!

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