How is facial chorea differentiated from hemifacial spasm?

Updated: Sep 16, 2019
  • Author: Steven Gulevich, MD; Chief Editor: Nicholas Lorenzo, MD, MHA, CPE  more...
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Facial chorea occurs in the context of a systemic movement disorder (eg, Huntington disease, Sydenham chorea). Chorea is a random, flowing, nonpatterned set of movements. A related disorder, spontaneous orofacial dyskinesia of the elderly, is observed primarily in the edentulous. It usually responds to proper fitting of dentures.


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