A member asked:

Elderly male with dementia. while in acute hospital the body would periodically and involuntarily jerk. causes? was occasionally at home place.

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Dr. Bennett Machanic answered

Specializes in Neurology

Myoclonic jerks: Sounds like he had myoclonus, which, to me, raises question of whether his dementia is due to prion infection, Jakob-Creutzfeldt? Can also have this happen from other causes, including medication. At this point, discuss the significance and need for therapeutic intervention. Wonder if EEG and spinal fluid might clarify issues.

Answered 6/20/2015



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