Encyclopedia of Clinical Neuropsychology

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Retropulsion

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-56782-2_479-2

Synonyms

Definition

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.

Cross-References

References and Readings

  1. (2007). Parkinsonism: Clinical features and diagnosis. In S. Fahn, & J. Jankovic (Eds.), Movement disorders (pp. 79–100). Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone Elsevier.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Boston University Medical CenterBostonUSA
  2. 2.William Beaumont Army Medical CenterEl PasoUSA