Recognizing Movement Disorder Emergencies - A Practical Review For Non-Neurologist

Haris Hakeem, Memoona Nasir, Muhammad Farhan Khan, Nabeel Muzaffar Syed, Haris Majid Rajput, Arsalan Ahmed, Muhammad Athar Javed, Danish Ejaz Bhatti

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Neurology still remains one of the most underserved specialties of medicine in Pakistan with roughly one neurologist per million people. Movement disorders (MD) are neurological problems that interfere with patient's motor abilities and diagnosis is typically clinical. In this review, we describe a practical approach to common MD emergencies that may be encountered by a non-neurologist physician, emphasizing on formulating a working diagnosis and their immediate management. Movement disorder emergencies can be classified based on MD phenomenology and we will provide a brief overview of dystonia including acute dystonic reaction, PAID syndrome and dystonic storm; chorea, myoclonus including serotonin syndrome and startle disease; and rigidity including neuroleptic malignant syndrome and malignant hyperthermia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)448-453
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad : JAMC
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Movement Disorders; Emergency; Neurology; Dystonia
  • Tardive; Serotonin Syndrome; Neuroleptic Malignant Syndrome

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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