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Rheumatic chorea

Introduction: Rheumatic chorea

Description of Rheumatic chorea

Rheumatic chorea (medical condition): Brain disease causing involuntary movements or spasms....more »

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Sydenham chorea:
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Rheumatic chorea: WHAT: Chorea. Chorea (Sydenham's): a neurological disorder characterized by purposeless, rapid, involuntary movements, emotional lability, and muscular weakness. WHY: Sydenham's chorea is seen in rheumatic fever. The chorea may be associated with other rheumatic manifestations or it may present as the sole expression of rheumatic fever. HOW: Typically, the onset of chorea is gradual, with irritability, uncooperativeness, fits of anger, crying, and inappropriate behavior present before the choreiform movements are noted. The movements are rapid and jerky, unlike the slower, rhythmic motion seen in athetosis. Characteristically, on raising his arms above the head, the patient turns the arms so as to oppose the backs of the hands. The patient is unable to sustain a tetanic muscular contraction. On squeezing an examiner's hand the patient can only provide a repetitive, spasmodic grip which is overly pronated and is similar to the motion of milking a cow (milk-maid's grip). The patient's facial expression alternates between frowning, grinning and grimacing. His tongue darts in and out of his mouth. His speech is slurred and vacillates between a halting and an explosive rhythm. The deep tendon reflexes tend to be pendular, i.e., when the knee jerk is elicited with the patient sitting, the leg swings back and forth four or five times like a pendulum, rather than one or two times as in a normal person. Chorea is most common prior to puberty, and in females. It is occasionally seen in adult women but never in adult men. REFS: 1) Jones criteria (revised) for guidance in the diagnosis of rheumatic fever. Circulation 32:664, 1965. 2) Cooper, IS: Involuntary Movement Disorders. New York: Hoeber, 1969.
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Rheumatic chorea: Related Topics

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Rheumatic chorea as a Disease

Rheumatic chorea: Another name for Sydenham chorea (or close medical condition association).
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Rheumatic chorea: Related Diseases

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Causes of Rheumatic chorea

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Symptoms of Rheumatic chorea (Sydenham chorea)

Some of the symptoms of Rheumatic chorea incude:

Treatments for Rheumatic chorea (Sydenham chorea)

Treatments for Rheumatic chorea (Sydenham chorea) include:

Treatment of Rheumatic chorea: For more treatment information about Rheumatic chorea, see treatment of Sydenham chorea (Rheumatic chorea)

Rheumatic chorea: Article Excerpts about Sydenham chorea

Sydenham chorea, also called St. Vitus dance, is a childhood movement disorder characterized by rapid,... (Source: excerpt from NINDS Sydenham Chorea Information Page: NINDS)

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Hierarchical classifications of Rheumatic chorea

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