Pharyngo-Laryngo-Palatal Myoclonus: A Case Report and Assessment Tutorial for Clinicians Although palatal myoclonus has been extensively described (Deuschl, Mischke, Schenck, Schulte-Mönting, & Lücking, 1990), little is known about pharyngo-laryngo-palatal myoclonus (PLPM), a complex and rare subset of head and neck myoclonic disease. To date, there have been only 5 cases of PLPM reported (Drysdale, Ansell, & Adeley, 1993; Gupta, Samant, ... Article
Article  |   November 01, 2015
Pharyngo-Laryngo-Palatal Myoclonus: A Case Report and Assessment Tutorial for Clinicians
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Joseph Zenga
    Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
  • Archie B. Harmon
    Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
  • M. Allison Ogden
    Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Barnes-Jewish Hospital, Washington University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, MO
  • Disclosures: Financial: Joseph Zenga, Archie B. Harmon, and M. Allison Ogden have no financial interests to disclose
    Disclosures: Financial: Joseph Zenga, Archie B. Harmon, and M. Allison Ogden have no financial interests to disclose×
  • Nonfinancial: Joseph Zenga, Archie B. Harmon, and M. Allison Ogden have no nonfinancial interests to disclose
    Nonfinancial: Joseph Zenga, Archie B. Harmon, and M. Allison Ogden have no nonfinancial interests to disclose×
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Article   |   November 01, 2015
Pharyngo-Laryngo-Palatal Myoclonus: A Case Report and Assessment Tutorial for Clinicians
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2015, Vol. 25, 102-109. doi:10.1044/vvd25.3.102
History: Received March 31, 2015 , Revised May 1, 2015 , Accepted May 1, 2015
SIG 3 Perspectives on Voice and Voice Disorders, November 2015, Vol. 25, 102-109. doi:10.1044/vvd25.3.102
History: Received March 31, 2015; Revised May 1, 2015; Accepted May 1, 2015

Although palatal myoclonus has been extensively described (Deuschl, Mischke, Schenck, Schulte-Mönting, & Lücking, 1990), little is known about pharyngo-laryngo-palatal myoclonus (PLPM), a complex and rare subset of head and neck myoclonic disease. To date, there have been only 5 cases of PLPM reported (Drysdale, Ansell, & Adeley, 1993; Gupta, Samant, & Katiyar, 1972; Ito, Kimura, & Shibasaki, 1993; Juby, Shandro, & Emery, 2014; Toland, Porubsky, Coker, & Adams, 1984), and no review of the diagnosis and management of this disease has been performed. Early identification of the etiology of PLPM is critical and can aid in appropriate management, referrals, and subsequent treatment. This article presents a case of PLPM along with a review of the literature relevant to PLPM including key elements of diagnosis and treatment.

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