Benign fasciculation

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The term benign fasciculation (abbreviation BNF ; English benign fasciculation syndrome , BFS ) describes the occurrence of involuntary muscle twitching, in some cases also visible through the skin ( fasciculation ). The benign fasciculation does not per se have any disease value.

Classification according to ICD-10
R25.3 Fasciculation
ICD-10 online (WHO version 2019)
Benign fasciculations of the left eyelid that go away after a few days

Fasciculations are common in healthy people, but can also occur as a result of motor neuron diseases. This makes them an important differential diagnosis for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis , for example . Typically, benign fasciculations are neither associated with atrophy nor with weakness of the muscles , nor with abnormal excitation processes in the motor neurons and usually occur after physical exertion. There are indications that spontaneous benign fasciculations can occur in a large part of the “healthy” population, particularly on the muscles of the hands and feet. It is therefore a diagnosis of exclusion without any disease value.

Individual evidence

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