Jump to navigation Jump to search
DiseasesDB 30711

WikiDoc Resources for Pseudoathetosis


Most recent articles on Pseudoathetosis

Most cited articles on Pseudoathetosis

Review articles on Pseudoathetosis

Articles on Pseudoathetosis in N Eng J Med, Lancet, BMJ


Powerpoint slides on Pseudoathetosis

Images of Pseudoathetosis

Photos of Pseudoathetosis

Podcasts & MP3s on Pseudoathetosis

Videos on Pseudoathetosis

Evidence Based Medicine

Cochrane Collaboration on Pseudoathetosis

Bandolier on Pseudoathetosis

TRIP on Pseudoathetosis

Clinical Trials

Ongoing Trials on Pseudoathetosis at Clinical

Trial results on Pseudoathetosis

Clinical Trials on Pseudoathetosis at Google

Guidelines / Policies / Govt

US National Guidelines Clearinghouse on Pseudoathetosis

NICE Guidance on Pseudoathetosis


FDA on Pseudoathetosis

CDC on Pseudoathetosis


Books on Pseudoathetosis


Pseudoathetosis in the news

Be alerted to news on Pseudoathetosis

News trends on Pseudoathetosis


Blogs on Pseudoathetosis


Definitions of Pseudoathetosis

Patient Resources / Community

Patient resources on Pseudoathetosis

Discussion groups on Pseudoathetosis

Patient Handouts on Pseudoathetosis

Directions to Hospitals Treating Pseudoathetosis

Risk calculators and risk factors for Pseudoathetosis

Healthcare Provider Resources

Symptoms of Pseudoathetosis

Causes & Risk Factors for Pseudoathetosis

Diagnostic studies for Pseudoathetosis

Treatment of Pseudoathetosis

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

CME Programs on Pseudoathetosis


Pseudoathetosis en Espanol

Pseudoathetosis en Francais


Pseudoathetosis in the Marketplace

Patents on Pseudoathetosis

Experimental / Informatics

List of terms related to Pseudoathetosis

Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


Pseudoathetosis is abnormal writhing movements, usually of the fingers, caused by a failure of joint position sense (proprioception)[1] and indicates disruption of the proprioceptive pathway, from peripheral nerve to parietal cortex.

Disorders that Pseudoathetosis Should be Differentiated From

Pseudoathetosis may be mistaken for choreoathetosis. In patients with choreoathetosis, the abnormal movements are relatively constant irrespective of whether the eyes are open or closed and occur in the absence of proprioceptive loss.

Hemipseudaoathetosis refers to pseudoathetosis on one side of the body ,usually the upper limb and is most commonly caused by a lesion affecting the cuneate tract or cuneate nucleus in the cervical spine or lower brainstem (medulla) respectively[2][3].


Physical Examination

Neurologic Examination

Analogous to Romberg's sign, the abnormal posturing is most pronounced when the eyes are closed as visual inputs are unavailable to guide corrective movements. Paradoxically, eye closure may decrease the amount of movement as the visual cues probably trigger corrective movements which return the limb to the desired "baseline" allowing a new phase of involuntary drift before a subsequent corrective phase occurs. [ Hemipseudoathetosis video clip


  1. Spitz M, Costa Machado AA, Carvalho Rdo C; et al. (2006). "Pseudoathetosis: report of three patients". Mov. Disord. 21 (9): 1520–2. doi:10.1002/mds.21014. PMID 16817195.
  2. Gotkine M, Gomori JM (2007). "Hemipseudoathetosis due to a hemorrhage at the cervicomedullary junction". Neurology. 69 (15): 1551. doi:10.1212/01.wnl.0000285506.04246.c2. PMID 17923617.
  3. Ghika J, Bogousslavsky J (1997). "Spinal pseudoathetosis: a rare, forgotten syndrome, with a review of old and recent descriptions". Neurology. 49 (2): 432–7. PMID 9270573.

Template:WH Template:WS