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Palatal myoclonus

Definition

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

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

It is usually due to lesions on brain nerve pathways, including multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms

  • Clicking in the ear
  • Popping in the ear

References

Cummings CW, Flint PW, Haughey BH, et al. Otolaryngology: Head & Neck Surgery. 4th ed. St Louis, Mo; Mosby; 2005.

Goetz, CG. Textbook of Clinical Neurology. 2nd ed. St. Louis, Mo: WB Saunders; 2003.


Review Date: 10/10/2008
Reviewed By: Alan Lipkin, MD, Otolaryngologist, Private Practice, Denver, Colorado. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.
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