Dancing eyes-dancing feet syndrome
Other Names for this Disease
- Infantile polymyoclonus
- Kinsbourne syndrome
- Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome
- Polymyoclonus infantile
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Signs and symptoms of dancing eyes-dancing feet syndrome may include an unsteady, trembling gait; myoclonus (brief, shock-like muscle spasms); and opsoclonus (irregular, rapid eye movements). Myoclonus occurs most when trying to move and worsens with agitation or stimulation, but can also be present at rest. An affected person may appear tremulous, or have jerking movements. The face, eyelids, limbs, fingers, head and trunk may be involved. During the peak of the illness, sitting or standing is difficult or impossible. Other symptoms may include difficulty speaking; poorly articulated speech or an inability to speak; difficulty eating or sleeping; excessive drooling; rage attacks; head tilt; a decrease in muscle tone; malaise; and/or other abnormalities. Children may appear to be nervous, irritable or lethargic while adults may have mental clouding (encephalopathy).
Last updated: 4/16/2014
- NINDS Opsoclonus Myoclonus Information Page. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 2007; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/opsoclonus_myoclonus/opsoclonus_myoclonus.htm. Accessed 11/2/2009.
- Pranzatelli MR. What is the Opsoclonus-Myoclonus Syndrome?. Opsoclonus-Myoclonus U.S.A. And International web site. http://www.omsusa.org/pranzatelli-Brochure1.htm. Accessed 11/2/2009.