Myoclonic seizures are brief, involuntary contractions of muscles or groups of muscles lasting less than one second. An episode can be isolated, or occur repeatedly within a short amount of time. Myoclonic seizures may cause irregular movements that affect both sides of the body, which can inhibit one’s ability to eat, talk, or walk. Treatment involves antiepileptic medications.
Myoclonus may have causes other than seizures. It is important for frequent myoclonus to be looked into by a medical professional, since it may be an indication of an underlying neurological disorder or medication effect.
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