Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

2018 Edition
| Editors: Jeffrey S. Kreutzer, John DeLuca, Bruce Caplan


  • Anna DePold HohlerEmail author
  • Marcus Ponce De Leon
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-57111-9_479


Gait imbalance; Postural instability


Retropulsion is an inability to maintain balance when pulled from behind. It is a sign of postural instability, one of the cardinal features of Parkinsonism. An individual who requires more than one step of recovery when pulled with moderate force from behind is manifesting difficulty with balance.


References and Readings

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston University Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.Madigan Army Medical CenterTacomaUSA