Identifying common movement disorders in the emergency department

Rebecca García Sosa*, Joanna Blackburn

*Corresponding author for this work

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3 Scopus citations


Identifying movement disorders in the pediatric emergency department can be challenging. It is crucial to recognize which movements are true emergencies or require immediate attention in order to provide optimal care. The purpose of this article is to facilitate proper identification of the most common acute movement disorders in childhood. By reviewing the phenomenology and etiology, we aim to help emergency physicians formulate accurate differentials and, therefore, manage these appropriately.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-61
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Pediatric Emergency Medicine
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015


  • Acute movement disorder
  • Children
  • Chorea
  • Dystonia
  • Involuntary movements
  • Myoclonus
  • Stereotypies
  • Tics
  • Tremors

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Emergency Medicine


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