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Excessive and usually uncontrollable muscle movement.



excessive, violent, involuntary movements that occur in cases of organic and functional disturbances of the nervous system. Hyperkinesia usually accompanies disturbances of the cerebral cortex, subcortical motor centers, or truncal part of the brain. Types of hyperkinesia include athetosis, chorea, Parkinson’s disease, and myoclonia (brief jerking of a muscle or muscle bundle with a lightning-fast pace of contraction).

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In conclusion, our results obviously show that administration of mitragynine is able to produce an antidepressant-like effect in FST and TST, which not due to effect of psycho-stimulant or hyperkinesia.
Examples of hyperkinesia include akathisia (restlessness) and tremor.
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10) They cited several clinical features that are highly suggestive of a malignant etiology: (1) single-branch palsy, (2) slow progression beyond 3 weeks, (3) no return of function at 6 months, (4) facial hyperkinesia, especially hemifacial spasm, (5) associated cranial neuropathies, (6) recurrent ipsilateral paralysis, and (7) pain; some of these features were seen in our case.
Factor 1 consisted of items relating to 'inhibition' of both the behavioural and emotional aspects such as restlessness and hyperkinesia, euphoria, inability to inhibit responses, lack of concern, disinhibition, and temporal sequencing problems.
By using stereotactic image-guided techniques, targets can be chosen to treat different symptoms: the ventrointermediate nucleus of thalamus for tremor; the internal globus pallidus for dyskinesia, dystonia, rigidity, akinesia, and tremor; and the subthalamic nucleus for all cardinal symptoms in advanced Parkinson's disease, including drug-induced hyperkinesia (secondary to reduced drugs).