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Palatal myoclonus

Definition

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

Alternative Names

Palatal tremor

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Palatal myoclonus is usually due to damage (lesions) on brain nerve pathways. Conditions that may lead to palatal myoclonus include multiple sclerosis.

Symptoms

  • Clicking in the ear
  • Popping in the ear

References

Jankovic J. Movement disorders. In: Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds. Bradley's Neurology in Clinical Practice. 6th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 71.

Review Date: 
11/9/2012
Reviewed By: 
Seth Schwartz, MD, MPH, Otolaryngologist, Virginia Mason Medical Center, Seattle, Washington. Also reviewed by A.D.A.M. Health Solutions, Ebix, Inc., Editorial Team: David Zieve, MD, MHA, David R. Eltz, Stephanie Slon, and Nissi Wang.