What are the characteristics of truncal bradykinesia in patients with Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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Truncal bradykinesia results in slowness or difficulty in rising from a chair, turning in bed, or walking. If walking is affected, patients may take smaller steps and gait cadence is reduced. Some patients experience a transient inability to walk, as though their feet are frozen to the floor. This "freezing" is seen commonly in patients with more advanced disease; it is more prominent as patients attempt to navigate doorways or narrow areas and can result in patients getting trapped behind furniture or being unable to cross a door threshold easily.


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