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However, she developed severe truncal ataxia, upper extremity tremors (resting and intentional), athetosis, hemiballismus, dysmetria, and dystonia.
Athetosis and chorea each occur in approximately 5 to 15 percent of people with CP.
For about one third of children who have athetosis and chorea, oral medications such as baclofen, clonazepam, diazepam and propanolol are helpful.
It is important to note that a rhizotomy will relieve spasticity but not improve contractures that are already present, nor is it an effective treatment for dystonia, athetosis or chorea.
Children with athetosis (involuntary writhing movements of the limbs) have also had a favorable response to this treatment.
Dystonia, athetosis and chorea are seen in children with basal ganglia problems.
Motor Problem Site of Injury Spasticity Upper motor neuron (UMN) Dystonia, Athetosis, Ballismus Deep motor neurons (basal ganglia, thalamus Ataxia Cerebellar neurons (cerebellum) Hypotonia Lower motor neuron (LMN)
These include but are not limited to: loss of postural reflexes, tremor, rigidity and involuntary movements such as chorea, athetosis and dystonia.
ITB does not help individuals with low muscle tone (often described as hypotonia or floppy muscles), chorea (uncontrollable, jerky types of movements of toes and fingers) or athetosis (involuntary movements of face, arms, trunk).
Other movement disorders associated with cerebral palsy, such as athetosis and chorea, are often treated with different oral medications.
ITB Therapy does not help individuals with low muscle tone (often described as floppy muscles), chorea (uncontrollable, small, jerky types of movements of toes and fingers) or athetosis (involuntary movements of face, arms, trunk).
And few even considered the possibility of athletic participation by individuals with athetosis, a less common type of cerebral palsy characterized by a lack of controlled movement.