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Definition

Chorea is a clinical condition characterized by repetitive, irregular, rather rapid and short-lived involuntary movements, which can affect the face, trunk and limbs. Movement disorders are a group of nervous (or neurological) system diseases that cause abnormal movements, whether voluntary or involuntary.

Features of chorea can range from milder movements, such as fidgeting, to more severe, uncontrolled movements of the arms and legs. Chorea can interfere with the ability to speak, swallow (swallow), walk.

Diseases associated with chorea include rare inherited diseases, such as Huntington's disease and chorea-acanthocytosis (neuroacanthocytosis, clinically characterized by a Huntington-like phenotype), and infectious diseases, such as Sydenham's chorea which primarily affects children and adolescents following a beta hemolytic streptococcal infection.

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