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Athetosis resulting from basal ganglia injury

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Athetosis is a condition marked by constant writhing movements. It's often caused by injury to basal ganglia. These are structures found deep within the brain near its base. They help coordinate muscle movement. The basal ganglia are highlighted here.

Review Date 5/2/2022

Updated by: Amit M. Shelat, DO, FACP, FAAN, Attending Neurologist and Assistant Professor of Clinical Neurology, Renaissance School of Medicine at Stony Brook University, Stony Brook, NY. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David C. Dugdale, MD, Medical Director, Brenda Conaway, Editorial Director, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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