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Palatal myoclonus


Definition:

Palatal myoclonus is a fast spasm (contraction) of the muscles in the roof of the mouth.

Alternative Names:
Palatal tremor
Causes, incidence, and risk factors:

Palatal myoclonus is usually due to damage (lesions) on brain nerve pathways. Conditions that may lead to palatal myoclonus include multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms:
  • Clicking in the ear
  • Popping in the ear
References:

Jankovic J. Movement disorders. In: Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Bradley's Neurology in Clinical Practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 71.


Review Date: 11/9/2012
Reviewed By: Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.

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