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Are myclonic jerks actually seizures?

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Dr. Johanna Fricke
49 years experience in Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics
Positive myoclonus : is a symptom, not a disease. Sudden, brief involuntary contractions of a muscle or muscle group, like hiccups, , the motor component of being startled & jerks that awaken a person who's falling asleep occur in normal, healthy people. Widespread, often bilateral & recurrent myoclonus that impacts function is seen in myoclonic epilepsies in kids & adults & in various neurological disorders.
Answered on Dec 29, 2019
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