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Compare restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder (plmd)?

Compare restless legs syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder (plmd)?

PLMD vs RLS: Rls happens in evenings and can cause sleep problems but plmd happens only in sleep. Both can cause less efficient sleep at time - not always. ...Read more

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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


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Is nocturnal epilepsy hereditary?

Is nocturnal epilepsy hereditary?

Nocturnal epilepsy: Some are. Others are not. Most neurologists would be able to tell you if they feel that yours is genetic based. ...Read more

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Hi,what syndrome causes petit mal.

Hi,what syndrome causes petit mal.

Form of epilepsy: Petit mal is mainly a pediatric condition which should either evolve to other forms of epilepsy, or resolve by late adolescence. Causes brief episodes of unawareness, and can be controlled by specific anti-epileptic drugs. In an adult of your age, you would more likely experience complex partial seizures if there are brief spells. ...Read more

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Hi,Is petit mal linked to asperges syndrome

Hi,Is petit mal linked to asperges syndrome

Seizure disorders : are more common in children & adults with Autistic Spectrum Disorder, with an incidence of 20-40% vs. a 1% incidence in the non-autistic population. Though they are more common in people with both ASD & Intellectual Disability, seizures also occur in adults & children with ASD Level 1, formerly Asperger Syndrome, also have ^ed risk of seizures. Autism Speaks funds research on this topic. ...Read more

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What are frey syndrome, horner's syndrome and shy-drager syndrome?

What are frey syndrome, horner's syndrome and shy-drager syndrome?

What do they have in: They all have abnormalities of autonomics and other nervous sytem problems. ...Read more

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What is the condition called nocturnal myoclonus?

What is the condition called nocturnal myoclonus?

Benign usually: This is now termed paroxysmal limb movements of sleep, and is a benign event similar to restless leg syndrome. Like rls, it may respond well to bedtime Dopamine agonists such as ropinarole or pramipexole. ...Read more

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Is west syndrome (infantile spasms) hereditary?

Is west syndrome (infantile spasms) hereditary?

Secondarily: Infantile spasms divide broadly into those arising in the context of an identified disorder and those that are not (idiopathic). The spasns themselves are not hereditary, but many of the identified causes can be. See: http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/west_syndrome. ...Read more

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Is restless leg syndrome genetic?

Is restless leg syndrome genetic?

On occasion: But more often is sporadic without family history. May be related to problems with iron metabolism. ...Read more

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How is periodic limb movement disorder (plmd) acquired?

How is periodic limb movement disorder (plmd) acquired?

Unknown: Mostly unknown but some genetic link is suspected in some patients. It can be associated with iron deficiency, renal failure etc. ...Read more

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Is west syndrome (infantile spasms) a hereditary condition?

Is west syndrome (infantile spasms) a hereditary condition?

INFANTILE SPASMS:: When combined with specific eeg changes of hypsarhythmia- is called west syndrome. 2 types: cryptogenic: when no cause found, and symptomatic: due to prenatal / natal(during delivery) / postnatal insult/injury. Some genetic linkage has been recently found, x-linked inheritance is seen, some familial cases are found. ...Read more

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Are nocturnal epilepsy and asperger's related?

Are nocturnal epilepsy and asperger's related?

No: Epilepsy is a separate disorder. It does occur more often in the autistic spectrum disorders than in normal population. Seizures from sleep are just an interesting variation of epilepsy. There is a benign form commonly seen in children that disappears with age. ...Read more

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What causes guillain-barre syndrome (gbs)?

What causes guillain-barre syndrome (gbs)?

No one knows: Gbs occurs when the bodies immune system attacks the lining or myelin of the nerve cells in the peripheral nervous system. Although it can be associated with things like following surgery or after certain infections, for example it has been seen following campylobacter infection which causes diarrhea, the true cause is unknown. ...Read more

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What causes tourette syndrome?

What causes tourette syndrome?

Gene mapping in : families with multi-generational GTS shows many mutant genes, alone or in combination, cause GTS. The complex patterns of inheritance & associated neuropsychiatric & neurodevelopmental disorders are on omim.org/entry/137580?search=tourette%20gene&highlight=tourette%20gene.Until whole genome testing is affordable,a Chromosomal Microarray is the blood test most likely to detect GTS mutations. ...Read more

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Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Our sleep apnea and nocturnal epilepsy related?

Yes and no: Patients who have epilepsy and seizure activity and have obstructive apnea can see an increase in seizure activity if the apnea is untreated. ...Read more

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Could I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy or just restless leg syndrome?

Could I have juvenile myoclonic epilepsy or just restless leg syndrome?

Different dzes: Jme occurs during sleep or sleep wake transition mostly. Rls (restless leg synd) typically happens anytime inactive during evening or night but you are awake. ...Read more

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What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

What causes severe myoclonic jerks?

Numerous causes: Brief list: normal jerks on falling asleep, but problem if it awakens (plms). Associated with epilepsy (juvenile myoclonic), spinal cord inflammation (aid's), following hypoxia (lance-adams), organ failure (kidney, liver), metabolic and medication reactions. Meds that seem to work best here include depakote, keppra, (levetiracetam) and maybe lamictal. Other drugs used in epilepsy, may make worse. ...Read more

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What are myoclonic jerks?

Muscle jerks: Brief sudden shocklike muscle jerk, which can be focal or widespread and secondary to central nervous system issue. ...Read more

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Myoclonic Jerks (Definition)

Myoclonic jerks = quick, involuntary twitching of muscle(s) with a number of possible causes. For instance jerking occurring as one is ...Read more


Nocturnal (Definition)

This term is used to note that something ...Read more