Not to be confused with Dyskinetic cerebral palsy.
Classification and external resources
Specialty Neurology
ICD-10 G24.9
ICD-9-CM 333.8
DiseasesDB 17912
Patient UK Dyskinesia
MeSH D020820

Dyskinesia refers to a category of movement disorders that are characterized by involuntary muscle movements,[1] including movements similar to tics or chorea and diminished voluntary movements.[2] Dyskinesia can be anything from a slight tremor of the hands to an uncontrollable movement of the upper body or lower extremities. Discoordination can also occur internally especially with the respiratory muscles and it often goes unrecognized.[3] Dyskinesia is a symptom of several medical disorders that are distinguished by their underlying cause.


Medication-induced dyskinesias

Acute dystonia is a sustained muscle contraction that sometimes appears soon after administration of antipsychotic medications.[4] Any muscle in the body may be affected, including the jaw, tongue, throat, arms, or legs. When the throat muscles are involved, this type of dystonia is called an acute laryngospasm and is a medical emergency because it can impair breathing.[4] Older antipsychotics such as Haloperidol or Fluphenazine are more likely to cause acute dystonia than newer agents. Giving high doses of antipsychotics by injection also increases the risk of developing acute dystonia.[4]

Levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID) is evident in patients with Parkinson's disease who have been on levodopa (LDOPA) for prolonged periods of time. LID commonly first appears in the foot, on the most affected side of the body. There are three main types that can be classified on the basis of their course and clinical presentation following an oral dose of LDOPA:[5][6]


Late-onset dyskinesia, also known as tardive dyskinesia, occurs after long-term treatment with an antipsychotic drug such as haloperidol (Haldol) or amoxapine (Asendin). The symptoms include tremors and writhing movements of the body and limbs, and abnormal movements in the face, mouth, and tongue  including involuntary lip smacking, repetitive pouting of the lips, and tongue protrusions.[8]

Rabbit syndrome is another type of chronic dyskinesia, while orofacial dyskinesia may be related to persistent replication of Herpes simplex virus type 1.[9]


Two other types, primary ciliary dyskinesia and biliary dyskinesia, are caused by specific kinds of ineffective movement of the body, and are not movement disorders.

Spastic thrusting of hip area can occur in Sodemytopic Parkinson's.

See also


  1. "Dyskinesia (Health Article)". Yahoo! Health. Retrieved 25 January 2014.
  2. "dyskinesia" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
  3. Healy 2008, p. 29-30.
  4. 1 2 3 Brian K. Alldredge; et al., eds. (2013). Applied therapeutics : the clinical use of drugs. (10th ed.). Baltimore: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 1937. ISBN 978-1609137137.
  5. 1 2 3 4 Fabbrini G, Brotchie JM, Grandas F, Nomoto M, Goetz CG (April 2007). "Levodopa-induced dyskinesias". Movement Disorders Society. 22 (10): 1379–89. doi:10.1002/mds.21475. PMID 17427940.
  6. 1 2 3 4 Thanvi B, Lo N, Robinson T (June 2007). "Levodopa-induced dyskinesia in Parkinson's disease: clinical features, pathogenesis, prevention and treatment". Postgraduate Medical Journal. 83 (980): 384–88. doi:10.1136/pgmj.2006.054759. PMC 2600052Freely accessible. PMID 17551069. (full free text)
  7. Halje P, Tamtè M, Richter U, Mohammed M, Cenci MA, Petersson P (November 2012). "Levodopa-induced dyskinesia is strongly associated with resonant cortical oscillations". Journal of Neuroscience. 32 (47): 16541–51. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3047-12.2012. PMID 23175810. Retrieved 30 November 2013. (full free text)
  8. Healy 2008, p. 30-31.
  9. Gonzales GR (July 1992). "Postherpes simplex type 1 neuralgia simulating postherpetic neuralgia". J Pain Symptom Manage. 7 (5): 320–3. doi:10.1016/0885-3924(92)90065-p. PMID 1624816.

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