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Dyskinesia is synonymous with involuntary movement disorder and refers to both general and specific neurological abnormalities. It is a general term that refers to unnatural, abnormal, involuntary movements such as chorea, dystonia, tremor, tics, and myoclonus as well as a specific term applied to chorea and dystonia seen in patients with Parkinson’s disease who are treated with levodopa (levodopa-induced dyskinesia). In addition, it is used to identify a specific category of adventitial movements called tardive dyskinesia caused by neuroleptic medications.

Abnormal, Involuntary Movements

Chorea refers to brief, twitching, purposeless movements that flit from one body part to another. These are random in location and timing. It is difficult to predict which body part will move next and when it will move. Chorea is often not recognized by ...

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