Journal of Neurology

, Volume 255, Supplement 4, pp 2–13

Movement disorder emergencies

Authors

  • Kathleen L. Poston
    • Dept. of NeurologyColumbia University Medical Center
    • Dept. of NeurologyColumbia University Medical Center
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s00415-008-4002-9

Cite this article as:
Poston, K.L. & Frucht, S.J. J Neurol (2008) 255: 2. doi:10.1007/s00415-008-4002-9

Abstract

Movement disorder emergencies include any movement disorder which evolves over hours to days, in which failure to appropriately diagnose and manage can result in patient morbidity or mortality. It is crucial that doctors recognize these emergencies with accuracy and speed by obtaining the proper history and by being familiar with the phenomenology of frequently encountered movements. These disorders will be discussed based on the most common associated involuntary movement, either parkinsonism, dystonia, chorea, tics or myoclonus, and, when available, review the workup and treatment options based on the current literature.

Key words

Movement disordersparkinsonismemergencydifferential diagnosis

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