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A 60-year-old male 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
Neurology 53 years experience
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.

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