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Choreoathetosis is a combination of chorea and athetosis.

Choreoathetosis is a movement of intermediate speed, between the slower, writhing movements of athetosis, and the quick flitting movements of chorea. Choreoathetosis is the most common form found in younger individuals. The affliction tends to worsen with attempts at movement and often occurs only while the child is attempting to move.

Choroathetosis may affect the hands, feet, trunk, neck, and face. In the face, they often lead to uncontrollable nose wrinkling, continual flitting eye movements, and mouth or tongue movements. These disorders are separated from tics, as tics tend to replicate the same set of movements. As well, the child often describes a need to make the tic, with a sense of release once finished. There is no such sense of release following chorea; the movements continually change and flow from one part of the body to another.



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