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Mini Cases in Movement Disorders

Mona Dalzon

Case 1 Kenny
Kenny is a teenager who has experienced uncontrollable bodily and facial movements, various uncontrolled vocalizations, and other compulsions such as excessive hand washing and wringing. He has been treated with Clonidine, Haldol, pimozide and buspirone. This patient was diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome. Clonidine is a vasodilator that allows for blood to flow more easily to the brain. This lowers blood pressure and helps treat the tics the patient experiences(1). Haldol and Pimozide are antipsychotics that blocks dopamine receptors in the brain. This would help treat the compulsive behaviors (2). Buspirone is used to treat anxiety disorders. It binds to serotonin receptors in
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Riluzole is believed to work to reduce the damage to motor neurons through a decrease in the release of gultamate. As well, physical and speech therapy were recommended.

Case 3---- Alice
Alice is an 18 year old female with a long history of drug use with a recent focus on inhaling paint fumes containing toluene. When tested, she was unable to complete sobriety tests. She walks with a broad ataxic gait, her eye movements show abnormalities, her hands tremble when she
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