Masturbation mimicking paroxysmal dystonia or dyskinesia in a young girl

Jonathan W. Mink, Jeffrey J. Neil

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We present the case of a young girl with periodic posturing during masturbation. The child had been evaluated by several physicians and underwent numerous diagnostic tests before the spells were seen by a physician and determined to be selfstimulatory and not paroxysmal dystonia. Masturbation is a normal and common behavior in young children and should be recognized as such. Failure to recognize this behavior can lead to unnecessary and invasive testing.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)518-520
Number of pages3
JournalMovement Disorders
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 1995


  • Masturbation
  • Movement disorder
  • Paroxysmal dystonia


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