Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

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Jumping Frenchmen of Maine

A condition characterized by a sudden, single, sometimes violent movement or cry that occurs in response to a sharp, unexpected sound or touch. The individual may also blurt out whatever was being thought of at the time of the stimulus. The condition may begin in childhood and be lifelong. It has been most frequently described in persons of French descent living in Maine, but may occur in a person of almost any nationality or geographic location. The cause is unknown and there is no effective therapy.
See: Tourette's syndrome; miryachit; startle syndrome
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