Reversible pseudoathetosis induced by cervical myelopathy

Katarina Bray, Suresh Kumar Chhetri, Anoop Varma, Monty Silverdale

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Pseudoathetosis refers to a movement disorder characterized by involuntary, slow, writhing movements resulting from loss of proprioception.1–3 The impaired
processing of proprioceptive information to the striatum
and subsequent abnormalities in sensorimotor integration may play a key role in the pathogenesis of pseudoathetosis.2 We report a rare case of a patient with
marked deafferentation and secondary pseudoathetosis
following posttraumatic cervical myelopathy. There was
significant improvement in deafferentation and pseudoathetosis following surgical intervention. Pseudoathetosis
is an important secondary cause of choreoathetosis, as it
may be reversible with prompt treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1370-1
Number of pages2
JournalMovement disorders : official journal of the Movement Disorder Society
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 15 Sept 2012


  • Cervical Vertebrae/pathology
  • Humans
  • Pseudarthrosis/etiology
  • Spinal Cord Diseases/complications


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