Basal ganglia dysfunction is a problem with the basal ganglia, the deep brain structures that help start and control movement.
Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors
Conditions that cause injury to the brain can damage the basal ganglia. Such conditions include:
- Drug overdose
- Head injury
- Liver disease
- Metabolic problems
- Multiple sclerosis
- Side effects of certain medications
Many brain disorders are associated with basal ganglia dysfunction. They include:
- Huntington’s disease
- Multiple system atrophy
- Parkinson’s disease
- Progressive supranuclear palsy
- Wilson’s disease
This list may not be all-inclusive.
Review Date : 9/22/2008
Reviewed By : Daniel B. Hoch, PhD, MD, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School, Department of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital. Also reviewed by David Zieve, MD, MHA, Medical Director, A.D.A.M., Inc.