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Athetosis resulting from basal ganglia injury

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Overview

Athetosis, or constant writhing movements, is often caused by injury to deeply situated structures within the brain called the basal ganglia.

Update Date 7/27/2014

Updated by: Joseph V. Campellone, MD, Department of Neurology, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Isla Ogilvie, PhD, and the A.D.A.M. Editorial team.

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