dr Rajni Farmania
Pediatric Neurologist
Centre for Child Health, BLK Super Speciality Hospital
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  • Most common movement disorder in neonatal period
  • Generalizedsymmetric, rhythmic movements of chin and/or extremities that resemble tremor.
  • It is stimulus sensitive; increased with crying. It can be precipitated by startle and suppressed by gentle passive flexion of the limb.
  • It disappears shortly after birth, but can persist for months.
  • Persistent jitteriness has been associated with hypoxic-ischemic injury, intracerebral hemorrhage, hypocalcemia, hypoglycemia, hypomagnesemia, and drug withdrawal, which may produce neuronal hyperirritability.
  • Idiopathic jitteriness is usually associated with normal development and neurologic outcome. No treatment needed for these cases.
  • The outcome of infants with symptomatic jitteriness depends on the underlying cause


Posted On: 02/04/2019

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