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What are myoclonic jerks?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Sudden jumps: Myoclonus is a brief shocklike muscle jerk lasting about a second. It can be focal or widespread and is caused by a problem in the central nervous system. Treatment is best directed to the cause, but meds are available to subdue the jerking.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Muscle jerks: Brief sudden shocklike muscle jerk, which can be focal or widespread and secondary to central nervous system issue.

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Can myoclonic jerks be dangerous?

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Dr. Bennett Machanic
Neurology 52 years experience
Maybe not: True myoclonic jerks are sudden and may involve limbs and/or trunk. If uncontrolled, pts may fall, hit nearby objects, drop hot liquids, etc, with various injuries. There are excellent meds to control these events. Contact a neurologist, as myoclonus can be helped.

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