Movement disorders are neurological conditions characterized by abnormalities in the quality and quantity of spontaneous movements. While these conditions range from a near inability to move to severe constant and excessive movement, they usually are divided into groups:
These disorders affect the speed, quality and ease of movement, but they do not lead to weakness or paralysis.
Commonly recognized adult movement disorders include Parkinson’s disease and Huntington’s disease. In children, specific diseases are less commonly identified and the disorders are often described by the type of movement observed, such as dystonia, choreoathetosis and hemiballismus.
Most adult and pediatric movement disorders result from abnormalities in the basal ganglia, which are groups of neurons responsible for the planning and execution of movement.
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