Movement disorders: an update

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Movement disorders in pediatric practice encompasses a range of clinical issues that, together, requires focus on a detailed clinical assessment with awareness of potential natural histories and the risk for life-threatening deterioration; use of an advanced understanding of pharmacology, contemporary genetics, and clinical neurophysiology; and recognition of clinical phenotypes in which neurosurgery and deep brain stimulation are a therapeutic option. The field of pediatric movement disorders is expanding because there is both a clinical need and new options for management. Therefore, in this issue of Current Opinion in Pediatrics, we focus on an update in Movement Disorders by bringing together expert reviews covering five topics: advances in pharmacotherapies for movement disorders; tics and Tourette; status dystonicus; neurophysiology of movement disorders; and deep brain stimulation for monogenic dystonia.

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