paratonia


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paratonia

Involuntary ('active') resistance to passive movement, that increases with velocity of movement and continues through the full arc of motion; gegenhalten may be due to diffuse forebrain dysfunction, as occurs in anterior cerebral artery occlusion—‘arteriosclerotic parkinsonism’—or pseudoparkinsonism, and may be accompanied by grasp reflex
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SAN DIEGO -- The presence of paratonia in patients with Alzheimer's disease may be sign of cognitive decline, according to the results of a small study.
Paratonia (increased tone from variable resistance to movement) "may be useful as a way of looking at the progression of Alzheimer's disease, because it can be seen, and it's not affected by medications, depression, or how well the person is functioning," Dr.
Each patient underwent a battery of tests, including the Hamilton Depression Rating Scale, the Blessed Dementia Scale, the Global Deterioration Scale, and the paratonia rating scale, said Dr.
The investigators found that paratonia was significantly associated with the stage of illness as defined by the Global Deterioration Scale and number of frontal lobe symptoms, but not with other variables including age, race, level of education, gender, and general physical health.
SAN DIEGO -- The presence of paratonia in patients with Alzheimer's disease may be a sign of cognitive decline, according to the results of a small study.