shaking palsy


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palsy

 [pawl´ze]
Bell's palsy see bell's palsy.
birth palsy birth paralysis.
cerebral palsy see cerebral palsy.
crossed leg palsy palsy of the fibular nerve, caused by sitting with one leg crossed over the other.
Erb's palsy (Erb-Duchenne palsy) Erb-Duchenne paralysis.
facial palsy Bell's palsy.
shaking palsy Parkinson's disease.

par·kin·son·ism

(par'kin-son-izm),
1. A neurologic syndrome usually resulting from deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine as the consequence of degenerative, vascular, or inflammatory changes in the basal ganglia; characterized by rhythmic muscular tremors, rigidity of movement, festination, droopy posture, and masklike facies. Synonym(s): Parkinson disease, shaking palsy, trembling palsy
2. A syndrome similar to parkinsonism. Some features seen with Parkinson disease that occur with other disorders (for example, progressive supranuclear palsy) or as a side effect of certain medications (for example, antipsychotic drugs).
[J. Parkinson]

shaking palsy

(shā′kĭng)
n.
Parkinson's disease.

shaking palsy

shaking palsy

A term, now of historic interest, from James Parkinson’s original essay on what is now known as Parkinson’s disease, see there.

shaking palsy

PARKINSON'S DISEASE.

disease

pathogenic entity characterized by an identifiable aetiological agent, group of signs and symptoms and/or consistent anatomical alterations; see syndrome
Parkinson's disease; parkinsonism; paralysis agitans; shaking palsy neurological syndrome of unknown cause associated with degenerative changes of basal ganglia (loss of pars compacta cells within the substantia nigra, the appearance of eosinophilic inclusion bodies [Lewy bodies] and decreased dopamine levels); affects 1% of older people; also associated with long-term head trauma (i.e. so-called 'punch-drunk' syndrome of boxers) or certain antipsychotic drugs (e.g. perazine, phenothiazines, butyrophenones and depot preparations); characterized by insidious onset of rhythmical muscular tremors at rest (pill-rolling tremor; 4-6 Hz), paucity and slowness of movement (hypokinesia, bradykinesia) and generalized rigidity (cogwheel and lead-pipe rigidity), festinant gait, stooped posture, mask-like facies and eventual progressive dementia

Patient discussion about shaking palsy

Q. What to expect from a Parkinson's patient? My 70 year old father has been diagnosed with Parkinson's. What will he be like from now on, what to expect?

A. Some of the symptoms of Parkinson's disease are:
• Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
• Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
• Slowness of movement
• Poor balance and coordination
The symptoms usually get worse with time and then people with the disease may have trouble walking, talking or doing simple tasks.

Q. what is the latest on parkinson?

A. the "National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke" keeps an article on "what's new in Parkinson research" and they update it every now and then. i have to say that the last one is from 2005, but it has some interesting things you might wanna know...:

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/parkinsons_research.htm

and the "National Parkinson Foundation" also keeps their readers updated and have a jornal you may find useful things in:

http://www.parkinson.org/NETCOMMUNITY/Page.aspx?pid=246&srcid=201

Q. How do you tell between temporal shaky hands and parkinson disease? My dear granpa's hands are being a bit shaky lately. I was wondering if I should worry about Parkinson's disease or is it most likely to be something else? How to tell? are there other symptoms for Parkinson's?? Any help...

A. The tremor (shaking body parts) of Parkinson disease appears during rest of the limb and disappears or weakens during active movement. Additionally, Parkinson's disease cause walking problems and slow movements.

You may read more here:
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/parkinsonsdisease.html

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References in periodicals archive ?
An essay on Wilhelm von Humboldt and the shaking palsy, Neurology 1995;45:565-568.
First described by James Parkinson in 1817 in "An Essay on the Shaking Palsy," Parkinson's disease has been widely written about since then.
Parkinson's Disease (PD), which was first described by James Parkinson in 1817 as "the shaking palsy," is a chronic, progressive neurodegenerative disorder, affecting the brain cells responsible for production of dopamine.