Other Names for this Disease
- Polymyoclonus infantile
- Infantile polymyoclonus
- Opsoclonus myoclonus syndrome
- Kinsbourne syndrome
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 OMS typically occurs in association with tumors (neuroblastomas), or following a viral infection. Treatment may include corticosteroids or ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone). When there is a tumor present, treatment may include chemotherapy, surgery, and/or radiation. When the underlying cause of OMS is treated, symptoms may improve. Relapses are common and may occur without warning.Opsoclonus-myoclonus syndrome (OMS), also known as dancing eyes-dancing feet syndrome, is a rare neurologic disorder characterized by opsoclonus (rapid, multi-directional eye movements), sudden muscle contractions (myoclonic jerks), uncoordinated movement (ataxia), irritability and sleep disturbance. The onset is usually abrupt, often severe, and can become chronic.
Last updated: 1/27/2016
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