Saint Vitus' dance


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Saint Vitus' dance

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Saint Vitus's dance

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Saint Vitus' dance

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a motor nerve disorder characterized by irregular involuntary jerky movements of the limbs and facial muscles. Historically the condition was once confused with symptoms of a dance mania that reportedly was cured by a pilgrimage to the shrine of Saint Vitus; it is thought to be caused by sequence of rheumatic fever. See also Sydenham's chorea.