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shaking palsyA term, now of historic interest, from James Parkinson’s original essay on what is now known as Parkinson’s disease, see there.
shaking palsyPARKINSON'S DISEASE.
diseasepathogenic 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?
• 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?
and the "National Parkinson Foundation" also keeps their readers updated and have a jornal you may find useful things in:
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...
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