What is it?

Palatal myoclonus is a neurological condition characterized by rhythmic involuntary contractions of the muscles in the roof of the mouth (palate).

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Signs & symptoms

- Rhythmic contractions of the muscles in the palate, which can be heard as clicking or popping sounds.
- The contractions may be continuous or intermittent, and may be more noticeable during certain activities, such as speaking or eating.
- Tinnitus, a ringing or buzzing sound in the ears, may be present in some cases.
- In severe cases, the contractions may cause difficulty speaking or swallowing.


A neurologist can diagnose palatal myoclonus based on symptoms and a neurological examination. Additional tests such as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of the brain or electroencephalography (EEG) may be done to rule out other conditions.


There is no cure for palatal myoclonus, but treatment may help manage symptoms. Medications such as clonazepam or valproic acid may be prescribed to help reduce the frequency and intensity of the contractions. Botulinum toxin injections into the palate muscles may also be used in some cases. Speech therapy or counseling may be helpful for coping with the condition.

☝️ This is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult with your physician before making any medical decision.

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