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Talma's syndrome

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A condition marked by prolonged contraction and spasm of muscles when movements are initiated and a decrease in the degree of relaxation even when the muscle is at rest, associated with normal mechanical and electrical excitability of the motor nerves but with abnormally heightened mechanical and electrical excitability of muscle. In contrast to Thomson's disease, which is congenital, Talma's disease usually develops in adult life after trauma, acute infection, or intoxication.


  • S. Talma:
    Over myotonia acquisita.
    Nederlandsch Tijdschrift voor Geneeskunde, Amsterdam, 1892; 28: 321-328.

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