Benign Neonatal Sleep Myoclonus Workup

Updated: Jan 02, 2015
  • Author: Marc P DiFazio, MD; Chief Editor: Ted Rosenkrantz, MD  more...
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Workup

Laboratory Studies

If jitteriness or tetany remain in the differential diagnosis, screening for hypoglycemia and electrolyte disturbances is indicated.

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Imaging Studies

Once benign neonatal sleep myoclonus (BNSM) is identified, no imaging studies are indicated. If epilepsy or seizures remain a concern, MRI is the study of choice in infants.

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Other Tests

If seizures remain a consideration, performing EEG is appropriate. Prolonged EEG monitoring, during multiple sleep/wake cycles potentially allows for time-locked data collection during episodes, making this the optimal study for infants in whom diagnostic confusion remains.

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