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Athetosis


Movement disorder indicated by slow, writhing motions of the fingers and hands. Occurs in approximately five percent of people with cerebral palsy. Athetosis was used commonly a few years ago, but now, many of the people who were previously diagnosed as having athetosis are considered to have dystonia. We believe the two disorders are different, in that athetosis affects muscles of the fingers, hands, and around the mouth, causing slow, twisting, writhing motions that are more continuous than dystonic movements.