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Alternative namesMuscle fasciculation; Fasciculations of muscle
DefinitionMuscle twitches are fine movements of a small area of muscle.
ConsiderationsMuscle twitching is the result of minor local muscle contractions or the uncontrollable twitching of a single muscle group served by a single motor nerve fiber or filament.
Muscle twitches are minor and often go unnoticed. Some are common and normal, while others indicate a neurologic disorder.
Symptoms suggestive of a neurological cause of fasciculations include:
Neurological illnesses where fasciculations are seen include:
Home CareThere is usually no treatment necessary.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if you have prolonged or persistent muscle twitches.
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed.
Medical history questions documenting your fasciculations in detail may include:
Diagnostic tests vary depending on the suspected cause. There is often no need to treat this symptom.
If a condition was diagnosed related to muscle twitches, you may want to note this in your personal medical record.
Update Date: 5/12/2003Elaine T. Kiriakopoulos, M.D., M.Sc., Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT