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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-93

Essential palatal myoclonus: A rare cause of objective tinnitus

Department of ENT, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur, Kerala, India

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Arayamparambil Rajagopalan Vinayakumar
Department of ENT, Amala Institute of Medical Sciences, Thrissur - 680 555, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2349-4220.195936

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Palatal myoclonus is one of the rare causes of tinnitus characterized by rhythmic involuntary contraction of muscles of soft palate as well as pharynx. Among the two types, the essential palatal myoclonus, which is idiopathic as no cause can be identified in children, is rarely reported in literature. In this case report, we present a 12-year-old girl who complained of hearing abnormal sound in her ears, which could be perceived by the examiner also. She had myoclonus of soft palate and uvula for which no obvious cause could be identified. Hence, it was diagnosed as essential palatal myoclonus and was successfully treated with clonazepam.

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