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hyperekplexia

Pronunciation: hi'per-ek-plek'se-a

Definition: A hereditary disorder in which there are pathologic startle responses, protective reactions to unanticipated, potentially threatening, stimuli of any type, particularly auditory; the stimuli induce often widespread and violent sudden contractions of the head, neck, spinal, and sometimes, limb musculature, resulting in involuntary shouting, jerking, jumping, and falling; autosomal dominant and recessive inheritance forms, with the responsible gene localized to chromosome 5q; probably the result of lack of inhibitory neurotransmitters, glycine, or GABA.

Synonym(s): kok disease, startle disease

[hyper- + G. ekplexia, sudden shock, fr. ekplesso, to startle]

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