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What is opsoclonus/myoclonus?

What is opsoclonus/myoclonus?

Rare: Opsoclonus myoclonus is a rare neurological disorder characterized by unsteady gait, intention tremor myoclonus (brief, shock-like muscle spasms), and opsoclonus (irregular, rapid, horizontal and vertical eye movements). Other symptoms may include dysphasia (difficulty speaking), dysarthria (poorly articulated speech), lethargy, irritability, malaise. It occurs in viral illnesses and tumors. ...Read more

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Dr. Patricia Foster
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Myoclonic Jerks (Definition)

Myoclonic jerks is a symptom where a person has involuntary contraction of a discrete group of muscles. Hiccups is one example. Myoclonic jerks is also normal when it occurs as a person is falling asleep. In other circumstances, it can ...Read more


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In lead poisoning, how long until myoclonus?

In lead poisoning, how long until myoclonus?

Usually late: Myoclonus is a muscle disorder that usually develops quite late in lead poisoning. There is a significant exposure by the time these symptoms present. ...Read more

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Benign neonatal sleep myoclonus does it go away?

BNSM: It is a benign condition and once the diagnosis is firmly established, it requires no treatment and generally disappears within the first year of life with only a few reports of it continuing longer into infancy, but not beyond. There are no known permanent complications. A main goal is early diagnosis to prevent unnecessary extensive medical diagnostics that can be expensive/disruptive to family. ...Read more

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Has anyone had myoclonus / tensor tympani surgery?

Has anyone had myoclonus / tensor tympani surgery?

Yes: The tensor tympani tendon can be cut by an otologic surgeon under local anesthesia or with sedation. This is a fairly easy procedure. There is one pitfall and that is you may become more sensitive to loud sounds. But myoclonus of the middle ear muscle(s) can be very annoying and if persistent, surgery can be very beneficial. ...Read more

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Is myoclonus a concern for a person with a vp shunt?

Sorry, kiddo: The minimum age requirement for posting on HealthTap is 16. Sorry, your writing is better than a lot of the grownups who post here - at leest you can spel! - but rules are rules. There's no reason an adult can't post questions on your behalf, however. ...Read more

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Solutions for myoclonus seizures. Specifically at night.

Solutions for myoclonus seizures. Specifically at night.

See below: If these are truly myoclonic seizures, you should talk with an epileptologist, but I have found Levetiracetam (keppra) to be particularly useful for this type of seizure. ...Read more

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How benign neonatal sleep myoclonus can affect my child ?

How benign neonatal sleep myoclonus can affect my child ?

Very benign: Neonatal sleep myoclonus occurs in infants up to 2- 3 months of age. They grow out of it after that without any residuals or consequences. This seizure like activities may be confused with real seizures. But this clonus occurs only when babies are asleep, and stops jerking movement when you wake them up, and usually all 4 extremities, arms and legs jerk. ...Read more

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Can stress cause myoclonus and fasciulations / twitching all over my body ?

Stress will worsen: The stress is not the cause, but could make the symptoms seem far worse. Real question involves why you are experiencing the problems you describe. Do you have an over-active thyroid gland, is there muscular irritability, are some of the movements consistent with seizure activity, or a spinal cord problem? In essence, get a full evaluation, as this is not emotional. ...Read more

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How long after lead poisoning does it take for the onset of myoclonus to become apparent?

Depends: Please consult the site below for information about lead poisoning. Myoclonus is more often noted with gasoline sniffing. The time to onset of myoclonus would be dependent on the dose and intensity of exposure. http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/lead-poisoning/fl00068. ...Read more

Myoclonus (Definition)

Brief shock like muscle jerk either focal in a limb or more widespread in the body, usually due to some central nervous system pathology. However, can also be a normal ...Read more