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soft sign

neurologic findings (for example, dyspraxia, dysdiadochokinesis) and behavioral phenomena (for example, postures, involuntary movements) that, although of no specific diagnostic significance, may be associated with developmental delay in normal children and with neuropsychiatric orders in adults.

soft sign

Any of a number of signs that, considered collectively, are felt to indicate the presence of damage to the central nervous system. These signs include incoordination, visual motor difficulties, nystagmus, the presence of associated movements, and difficulties with motor control.
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Among other factors, a poorer response has been associated with male gender, history of obstetric complications, more severe positive symptoms, poorer attention at baseline, the development of parkinsonism during antipsychotic treatment, (10) extrapyramidal symptoms (EPSs) before antipsychotic exposure, (11) neurological soft signs, (12) cognitive impairment (13) and prolonged duration of untreated psychosis (DUP).
The presence of neurologic soft signs at 7 years of age--the original selection factor for the cohort under investigation--did not change the regression parameter estimates or their precision and was therefore not included in the final models.
Combat veterans with PTSD had significantly higher scores on the assessments of neurologic soft signs than did combat veterans without PTSD.
One of the depressed patients also had developed an intractable atypical facial pain syndrome; another had neurologic soft signs, he said.