Testing & Diagnosis for Movement Disorders

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Because movement disorders and their causes are so varied, the information we get from our clinical examination and the child’s and family’s medical history will guide us in recommending any tests.

  • Since many movement disorders have a genetic cause, we generally offer testing for the specific genetic mutations that seem the most likely.
  • In some cases, we may recommend a panel of metabolic tests, since movement disorders can sometimes be caused by an inherited metabolic disorder.
  • We generally perform specialized MRI imaging of the brain to help us pinpoint a physical cause of a movement disorder, such as a brain bleed or a brain mass. This is not necessary for all movement disorders, however.
  • We may also suggest an electroencephalogram (EEG) in some cases to evaluate the child for seizures (which some movement disorders can mimic). 
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