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Palatal myoclonus


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

Alternative Names:

Palatal tremor


Palatal myoclonus is most often due to damage (lesions) on brain nerve pathways. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis may lead to this problem.


Symptoms include:

  • Clicking in the ear
  • Popping in the ear
  • Fluttering sounds in the ear with normal hearing

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: 11/25/2014
Reviewed By: Ashutosh Kacker, MD, BS, Professor of Clinical Otolaryngology, Weill Cornell Medical College, and Attending Otolaryngologist, New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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