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Meij’s syndrome affects the eye, jaw, tongue

Meige Syndrome is a dystonia movement disorder, which means that there is no normal activity in any part of the body. Its symptoms usually start between 40 and 70 years old …

  • Last Updated:November 23, 2020, 10:28 AM IST

Meij syndrome is a rare form of dystonia. Dystonia is a disorder associated with the nervous system, in which a person often has spasms in the eye, jaw, tongue, and lower facial muscles. This spasm may feel like an electric shock. Since it is a movement disorder, it means that there cannot be normal activity in any part of the body. Its symptoms usually start between 40 and 70 years of age and are more common in women than men.

There are two types of Meij syndrome

According to myUpchar, Meij’s syndrome is a mixture of two types of dystonia. One is the dystouria associated with the eye i.e. blepharospasm and the other is the distemonia associated with the mouth, tongue and jaw. There is severe pain in these disorder and the person feels difficulty in opening the eyelids or jaw. There can be many genetic and environmental factors behind it. This condition can occur even if there is damage in the group of structures found inside the brain. In some cases, medicines used to cure diseases like Parkinson’s have also been considered as the reason.

Symptoms of meij syndromeBlepharospasm can be caused by stress, bright light, air pollution. In this, one eye is affected first and then the other eye is also slowly affected. The person has difficulty opening the eyelids due to muscle shrinkage and cramps. There is also an increased risk of blindness. Oromandibular dystonia causes a narrowing of the jaw and tongue muscles. Because of this, there may be difficulty in opening or closing the mouth. Problems like grinding of teeth can also arise in this. In this condition there may be jaw pain, facial pain and headache.

These are the treatment options

Currently, there are no technical diagnostic tools to detect a mild disorder. It cannot be identified using blood chemistry analysis or radiological imaging such as MRI or CT scan. There is currently no cure for diseases related to dystonia but its treatment aims to reduce symptoms. Botulinum toxin injection is considered to be the most effective for curing disorders associated with facial muscles, but this effect is temporary. Apart from this, avoiding sunlight is also a cure for this disease. If you have to come out in strong sunlight, wearing sunglasses and a hat can give you some relief. Sunglasses are a good solution for those who have trouble opening the eyelids due to the strong light. It can help in the treatment by controlling its symptoms at the appropriate time. (Our article for more information, Meij syndrome Read.) (Health related articles on News18 are written by myUpchar.com. MyUpchar is the first and largest source in the country for verified health news. In myUpchar, researchers and journalists, along with doctors, bring all the health information for you.)

Disclaimer: The information in this article is for educational purposes in relation to certain health conditions and their possible treatment. It is not a healthcare, screening, diagnosis and treatment option offered by a qualified and licensed physician. If you, your child or someone close is experiencing any such health problem, which is mentioned here, contact the doctor as soon as possible. Do not use the information given here for diagnosis or treatment of any health related problem or disease without expert advice. If you do this, neither myUpchar nor News18 will be responsible for any possible loss to you in such a situation.

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