Relevance of Posturographic Parameters in the Differential Diagnosis of Parkinsonism
In idiopathic parkinsonism, a gait disorder with reduced postural adjustments occurs almost invariably in the advanced stages of the disease [7,11]. The gait disturbance in nonidiopathic parkinsonian syndromes is difficult to differentiate from that in Parkinson’s disease (PD). Clinical classification of these gait disorders remains equivocal and we have selected the term “lower body parkinsonism” (LBP; ) for our nonidiopathic Parkinson patients suffering from gait disorder, step hesitation, and akinesia of the “lower half.” In order to obtain posturographic parameters helpful for differential diagnosis, we compared different methods and evaluations of static postural performance in both groups of patients.
KeywordsRoot Mean Square Parkinsonian Patient Parkinsonian Syndrome Gait Disorder Parkinsonian Tremor
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