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What's myoclonic epilepsy look like?

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In brief: Sudden jerks

Myoclonus involves a sudden involuntary jumping of a limb or even the trunk.
It can be benign, as legs may jerk on going to sleep, or it can be very troublesome after contact with inadequate oxygen (hypoxia). A typical myoclonic epilepsy is "juvenile myoclonic epilepsy" which is not uncommon, and has the jerking, but also episodes of loss of consciousness. Specific meds are needed.

In brief: Sudden jerks

Myoclonus involves a sudden involuntary jumping of a limb or even the trunk.
It can be benign, as legs may jerk on going to sleep, or it can be very troublesome after contact with inadequate oxygen (hypoxia). A typical myoclonic epilepsy is "juvenile myoclonic epilepsy" which is not uncommon, and has the jerking, but also episodes of loss of consciousness. Specific meds are needed.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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