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Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2011;7:223-7. doi: 10.2147/NDT.S15830. Epub 2011 Apr 27.

A childhood case of symptomatic essential and psychogenic palatal tremor.

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Palatal tremor is a rare movement disorder characterized by rhythmic contractions of the soft palate. It is most often symptomatic, secondary to brainstem or cerebellar disease and, in rarer cases, is categorized as essential in the absence of documented brain lesions. There have also been reports in the literature of cases of palatal tremor described as psychogenic because they were associated with psychological or psychiatric disorders. We describe the case of a 12-year-old boy with palatal tremor presenting clinical features of symptomatic essential and psychogenic palatal tremor, thus suggesting a neuropsychopathological continuum between the different forms of disease.


child movement disorders; palatal tremor; psychogenic movements

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