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Palatal myoclonus

Palatal myoclonus is a fast spasm (contraction) of the muscles in the roof of the mouth.


Palatal myoclonus is most often due to damage (lesions) on brain nerve pathways. Conditions such as multiple sclerosis may lead to this problem.


Symptoms include:

  • Clicking in the ear
  • Popping in the ear
  • Fluttering sounds in the ear with normal hearing

Alternative Names

Palatal tremor


Jankovic J. Movement disorders. In: Daroff RB, Fenichel GM, Jankovic J, eds.Bradley's Neurology in Clinical Practice

Update Date 11/25/2014

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