How does bradykinesia manifest in activities of daily life 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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In the upper extremities, bradykinesia can cause small, effortful handwriting (ie, micrographia) and difficulty using the hand for fine dexterous activities such as using a key or kitchen utensils. In the lower extremities, unilateral bradykinesia commonly causes scuffing of that foot on the ground, as it is not picked up during leg swing. This may also be described as dragging of one leg.


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