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241 Possible Causes for Head Jerking, Involuntary Movements

  • Tics

    Within 2 weeks after the injury, he noticed the gradual onset of involuntary jerking movements of his left shoulder, which was markedly exacerbated after second left shoulder[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Blinking, facial grimacing, head jerks or shoulder shrugs are examples of tics that your child may exhibit, and these movements usually last less than one second.[livestrong.com] It is possible that movement disorders such as tics may contribute to the development of cervical myelopathy owing to the effects of involuntary movements on the neck.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Tourette Syndrome

    […] sensation, rather than a completely involuntary movement.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Tic Categories Two categories of TS tics and some common examples are: Simple: Motor - Eye blinking, head jerking, shoulder shrugging and facial grimacing; Vocal - Throat[web.archive.org] With time, other motor tics may appear, such as head jerking, neck stretching, floor stamping, body twisting and bending.[ucdmc.ucdavis.edu]

  • Tic Disorder

    No family history was reported, but his 65-year-old otherwise healthy father also had very subtle involuntary movements.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Examples of these movements are eye blinking, head jerking, nose twitching, or shoulder shrugging.[nationalcprfoundation.com] There are two types of tics: Motor : Sudden movements of the muscles, often involving a specific body part (eye blinking, facial movements, shoulder shrugging, head jerking[advocatechildrenshospital.com]

  • Epilepsy

    It is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body (partial) or the entire body (generalized),[web.archive.org] , or twitching of the upper body Nodding of the head What is Epilepsy?[healthychildren.org] It is characterized by recurrent seizures, which are brief episodes of involuntary movement that may involve a part of the body (partial) or the entire body (generalized)[who.int]

  • Spasmodic Torticollis

    Each improved, with a decrease in involuntary movement and reduction in pain. None had either systemic or local side effects.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] Head jerks, twisting movements (inclined head, rotations). Uncontrollable spasms in the neck. Pain in the craniocervical region. Abnormal vestibular function.[symptoma.com] […] to jerk or tilt.[wisegeekhealth.com]

  • Myoclonic Jerking

    Involuntary movements compose a group of uncontrolled movements that may manifest as a tremor, tic, myoclonic jerk, chorea, athetosis, dystonia or hemiballism.[stanfordmedicine25.stanford.edu] Some of these involved sudden jerks of either arm, while other instances involved the trunk and head.[neurologyadvisor.com] In MAE, myoclonic jerks consist of symmetric, mostly generalised jerks, accentuated in the arms and in the shoulders and frequently simultaneously with a head nod; both the[doosesyndrome.org]

  • Absence Seizure

    Red flags include: Unexplained staring spells Involuntary movements Unexplained confusion Severe headaches Less-specific signs can include: Sleepiness Disrupted sleep Unexplained[autismspeaks.org] Some children with CAE may also develop other seizure types such as myoclonic seizures (sudden, brief jerks of the head, limbs or body).[epilepsy.org.uk] This may result in a loss of consciousness, convulsions or other involuntary movements.[know-the-ada.com]

  • Juvenile Myoclonic Epilepsy

    […] characterized by abrupt, repetitive, stereotyped and involuntary movements (motor tics) or sounds (phonic tics).[omicsonline.org] However, some patients report jerking in the lower limbs, trunk, or head. Some jerks occur unilaterally.[emedicine.medscape.com] The amplitude of involuntary movements may range from a mere sense of electric shock to minimal twitchings to violent movements of the limbs.[symptoma.com]

  • Huntington's Disease

    We herein report a case of late-onset Huntington's disease (HD) that presented without any involuntary movement.[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov] […] disturbances Hallucinations Irritability Moodiness Restlessness or fidgeting Paranoia Psychosis Abnormal and unusual movements include: Facial movements, including grimaces Head[nlm.nih.gov] Involuntary movements are usually not seen in FTD.Two patients with involuntary choreoathetoid movements but otherwise presenting a bv-FTD-phenotype were referred and Huntington's[ncbi.nlm.nih.gov]

  • Idiopathic Generalized Epilepsy

    Children with this disorder often present with head drops and brief arm jerks.[en.wikipedia.org] Head drops and deviation of the eyes in the upward direction are observed on a daily basis.[symptoma.com] All 86 patients had generalized tonic-clonic seizures, and 17 had additional myoclonic jerks and absences.[ajnr.org]

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