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Athetosis Causes

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.

Athetosis Definition

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.

Athetosis 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.

Athetosis Test

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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