Falls in Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease

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Falls in Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease

Title: Falls in Parkinson's disease and Huntington's disease
Author: Grimbergen, Yvette Anna Maria
Publisher: Deapartment of Neurology, Faculty of Medicine, Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), Leiden University
Issue Date: 2012-10-23
Keywords: Falls
Parkinson's disease
Huntington's disease
Posture
Balance
Epidemiology
Abstract: Falls in Parkinson’s (PD) and Huntington’s disease (HD) are common. 50 % of moderately affected PD patients sustained two or more falls during a prospective follow-up of 6 months. During a 3 month period 40 % of HD patients reported one or more fall. Many falls resulted in minor injuries and 42 % of PD patients reported a fear of future falls. A different study on quality of life in PD showed that quality of life scores were significantly related to fear of falling in PD. In order to predict future falls several clinical tests and risk factors were studied. However, it proved difficult to identify future fallers and asking for prior falls was the best predictor of falls in the near future in PD. Analysis with quantative measurements in HD patients showed that an increased medio lateral trunk sway and a decreased stride length were associated with an increased fall risk. Based on the findings in these studies and on a literature study, the thesis concludes with a proposal for a multidisciplinary intervention program to prevent falls in Parkinson’s disease.
Description: Promotores: R.A.C. Roos, B.R. Bloem
With Summary in Dutch
Faculty: LUMC
Citation: Grimbergen, Y.A.M., 2012, Doctoral Thesis, Leiden University
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/20084
 

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