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Tardive Dyskinesia

Tardive dyskinesia (TD) is a condition that causes repeated body movements you can’t control. You may have these movements in your face, neck, fingers or other body parts. It’s a side effect that some people may have when taking certain medicines for months or years. The side effect may not go away once it starts.

If you are taking a medicine that may cause TD and you have symptoms of it, the Northwestern Medicine Parkinson’s Disease & Movement Disorders Clinic can assess you. A treatment called deep brain stimulation (DBS) may be advised. DBS is when wires are places in part of the brain that helps control muscles. A small device is put under your skin near your collarbone. The wires and device are put in place during a surgery. The wires are then attached to the device. The device sends electrical signals to the brain. This can help to reduce the amount of muscle movements caused by TD.

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To meet with one of the Northwestern Medicine clinic's movement disorders specialists, call the clinical affiliate practice phone number at 312-695-7950.

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