Below you will find more information about Athetosis from Medigest. If you believe that you are suffering from any of the symptoms of Athetosis it is important that you obtain an accurate diagnosis from a medical professional to ensure that you obtain the correct medication or treatment for your condition. There are medical conditions that carry similar symptoms associated with Athetosis and therefore the information provided by Medigest is offered as a guideline only and should never be used in preference to seeking professional medical advice. The information relating to Athetosis comes from a third party source and Medigest will not be held liable for any inaccuracies relating to the information shown.


Athetosis is a nonstop flow of sinuous, slow, writhing movements, usually of the hands and feet. Movements that are cause by athetosis are mainly referred to as athetoid movements. It was said that due to the damage to the corpus striatum of the brain and a cut to the motor thalamus that is why Athetosis happens.


Below are the common and rare causes that usually affect more that 1 million individuals in the US: Common: Pregnancy Rheumatic fever Systemic lupus erythematosus Rare: Ataxia telangiectasia - an unusual childhood disorder affecting progressive deterioration of the nervous system. Fahr's Syndrome - athetosis - this disorder causes calcium to be deposited in several parts of the brain which causes progressive loss of mental and motor ability. Hallervorden-Spatz disease - disorder in the nerve that results to movement problems.

Pediatric pointers

For children affected by this disorder, help them to develop their self-esteem and an optimistic self-image. For the child and his family promote practical goals, incorporating educational plans suited to the child's level of intelligence. You can enroll the child to rehabilitation centers, special education services and support groups. Always give the child support emotionally during the regular medical examinations for athetosis.


MRI Serum copper and ceruloplasmin CBC liver function tests Sinal tap if lues in the central nervous system is noticed Urine studies lumbar puncture EEG computed tomography scan magnetic resonance imaging By reducing body copper stores in Wilson's disease or by adjusting dosage of drugs athetosis can be treated or prevented. Usually it has a lifelong effect on the patient's ability to move. Because of this assist the patient with rehabilitation other patients can practice controlling wild movements or alter them to purposeful movements. Also encourage them to do physical activities like swimming, gait and balance workouts to aid them to maintain coordination and lessen anti-social manner also include stretching.

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