shaking palsy

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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.
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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]
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shaking palsy

Parkinson's disease.
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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.
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shaking palsy

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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...:

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...

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.

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References in periodicals archive ?
James Parkinson (1755-1824), the first man to identify and describe the 'shaking palsy' which now bears his name, was for 25 years medical attendant at the private lunatic asylum Holly House in Hoxton, London.
PARKINSON'S DISEASE NO LONGER INCURABLE--Parkinsonism, or shaking palsy, is no longer a hopeless, progressive, incurable disease.
An Essay on the Shaking Palsy. London: Sherwood Neely & Jones.