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myoclonus epilepsy

 

Definition: a clinically diverse group of epilepsy syndromes, some benign, some progressive. Many are hereditary with mendelian and nonmendelian mitochondrial inheritance. All are characterized by the occurrence of myoclonus, which may be limited or predominate in the condition. Specific syndromes include cherry red spot myoclonus syndrome, ceroid lipofuscinosis, MERRF, and Baltic myoclonus.

Synonym(s): localization-related epilepsy1

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