Opsoclonus myoclonus refers to a rare neurological disorder that involves unsteady, trembling movements, brief shock-like spasms a.k.a. myoclonus and irregular, rapid eye movements a.k.a. opsoclonus. Some other symptoms of this disorder include difficulty in speaking, poor articulation in speech. The patient may also experience a decrease in his/her muscle tone, irritability, lethargy and feeling of bodily discomfort.
This disorder is often seen in children suffering from tumours.
Treatment for opsoclonus myoclonus generally includes corticosteroids or ACTH or adrenocorticotropic hormone. When there is a presence of tumour in the patient, treatment options recommended may include chemotherapy, radiation or surgery.
The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke supports as well as conducts research on different movement disorders such as opsoclonus myoclonus. The studies are aimed at increasing awareness as well as knowledge about different disorders and finding different ways to prevent, treat as well as cure them.
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