oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Mirror movements in Nigerian children

Volume 27, Issue 10
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



Twenty-four Nigerian children whose ages ranged from five to twelve years (study group) were examined for mirror movements. Twenty-four Nigerian children with a similar age range matched as controls were also examined for mirror movements. None in the study group had mirror movements demonstrated but two out of twenty-four (8.5 per cent) children in the control group had demonstrable mirror movements. There were no abnormal neurological findings elicited when the children with mirror movements were examined. Their electroencephalographs and vertebrae and skull radiographs were also normal. Family studies revealed no evidence of the disorder. The mirror movements however disappeared within two years of observation. Mirror movement is alleged to be rare in Negroes. The reason why this is so deserves further study.

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