Thesis / Dissertation

The utility of an instrumented pull test to evaluate postural instability in Parkinson’s disease

Joy Lynn Tan, Wesley Thevathasan (ed.)

Published : 2019

Abstract

Postural instability is one of the cardinal symptoms of Parkinson’s disease (PD). Postural instability can present on diagnosis, and commonly becomes more prominent with disease progression, resulting in subsequent falls and diminished quality of life. The treatment of postural instability is challenging, as it is often refractory to management with levodopa and deep brain stimulation of conventional targets such as the subthalamic nucleus. To assess postural instability, the most commonly used measure in the clinical setting is the pull test according to item 30 of the Unified Parkinson’s disease rating scale (UPDRS), where an examiner performs a brisk backward tug at the patient’s shoulder..

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