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Gait instability

Tatsuya Soeno, Tomoharu Mochizuki, Osamu Tanifuji, Hiroshi Koga, Takayuki Murayama, Hiroki Hijikata, Yuki Takahashi, Naoto Endo
INTRODUCTION: Instability after total knee arthroplasty is a critical problem. The purpose of this study was to clarify the stability of implanted knees during walking by comparing differences in dynamic instability during knee acceleration between individuals with or without previously experienced subjective instability, as measured by self-reported questionnaire. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We examined 92 knees with medial pivot implants. Mean patient age and follow-up duration were 78...
2018: PloS One
Olivier Beauchet, Cyrille P Launay, Harmehr Sekhon, Jennifer Gautier, Julia Chabot, Elise J Levinoff, Gilles Allali
BACKGROUND: Assessment of changes in higher levels of gait control with aging is important to better understand age-related gait instability, with the perspective to improve the screening of individuals at risk for falls. The comparison between actual Timed Up and Go test (aTUG) and its imagined version (iTUG) is a simple clinical way to assess age-related changes in gait control. The modulations of iTUG performances by body positions and motor imagery (MI) strategies with normal aging have not been evaluated yet...
2018: PloS One
Selena Tinga, Stanley E Kim, Scott A Banks, Stephen C Jones, Brian H Park, Antonio Pozzi, Daniel D Lewis
BACKGROUND: Cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) insufficiency is a degenerative condition that is a common cause of pelvic limb lameness and osteoarthritis in dogs. Surgical therapies developed to treat dogs with naturally occurring CrCL insufficiency aim to address the resultant instability, but the in-vivo alterations in stifle kinematics associated with CrCL insufficiency have not been accurately defined. The objective of this study was to quantify the 3-dimensional femorotibial joint kinematics of dogs with naturally occurring cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) insufficiency during ambulation...
March 12, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Ryul Kim, Joongyub Lee, Yoon Kim, Aryun Kim, Mihee Jang, Han-Joon Kim, Beomseok Jeon, Un Jung Kang, Stanley Fahn
INTRODUCTION: The current study was designed to determine whether the degree of presynaptic striatal dopamine depletion can predict the later development of freezing of gait (FOG) in Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: This retrospective cohort study included 390 de novo patients with PD without FOG at baseline. The participants were divided into tertiles according to the baseline dopamine transporter (DAT) uptake of each striatal subregion, and the cumulative risk of FOG was compared using the Kaplan-Meier method...
February 28, 2018: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
Israel Ugalde, Manuel Bello Segura, Sabrina Oneto, Ari Ciment
An altered mental status presents a diagnostic challenge for many clinicians. Described here is a case of primary hyperparathyroidism not initially suspected until after a thorough neurological and infectious cause were excluded. A 60-year-old woman presented with altered mental status and gait instability. Her family noticed progressive gait instability and mood swings for the past 4 months. Initial imaging and laboratory values were unable to explain her symptoms. On transfer out of the intensive care unit, her corrected calcium was found to be 13...
March 5, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
Jack Farr
Patellar pain and instability are common presentations to surgeons, yet assessment is more a static art than a dynamic science. In addition to resource-intensive gait laboratory, computed tomography (CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) have been used to measure patellar tracking. CT has the limitation of radiation and MRI has the limitation of software processing times. With an updated MRI protocol and software, it is now possible to dynamically view patellar tracking. Determining how this will be used to help in the diagnosis and treatment of patients will be the next goal...
March 2018: Arthroscopy: the Journal of Arthroscopic & related Surgery
Caroline Miranda, Ali Mahta, Lee Adam Wheeler, A John Tsiouris, Hooman Kamel
Tension pneumocephalus can lead to rapid neurologic deterioration. We report for the first time its association with aseptic systemic inflammatory response syndrome mimicking septic shock and the efficacy of prompt neurosurgical intervention and critical care support in treating this condition. A 64-year-old man underwent 2-stage olfactory groove meningioma resection. The patient developed altered mental status and gait instability on postoperative day 6. Imaging showed significant pneumocephalus. The patient subsequently developed worsening mental status, respiratory failure, and profound shock requiring multiple vasopressors...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Matteo Zago, Chiarella Sforza, Daniela Rita Bonardi, Enrico Eugenio Guffanti, Manuela Galli
BACKGROUND: Gait instability is a major fall-risk factor in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Clinical gait analysis is a reliable tool to predict fall onsets. However, controversy still exists on gait impairments associated with COPD. RESEARCH QUESTION: Thus, the aims of this review were to evaluate the current understanding of spatiotemporal, kinematic and kinetic gait features in patients with COPD. METHODS: In line with PRISMA guidelines, a systematic literature search was performed throughout Web of Science, PubMed Medline, Scopus, PEDro and Scielo databases...
February 13, 2018: Gait & Posture
D A Maranho, Y-J Kim, K A Williams, E N Novais
Purpose: To investigate the outcomes of an anteverting triple periacetabular osteotomy for the treatment of hip instability in skeletally immature patients with Down syndrome. Methods: We evaluated 16 patients (21 hips) with Down syndrome and hip instability who underwent an anteverting triple periacetabular osteotomy between 2007 and 2016. There were nine females and seven males with an average age of 7.4 years SD 2.0. We assessed the level of hip pain, gait ability and clinical stability at a minimum of one year after surgery...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Children's Orthopaedics
Talia Herman, S Shema-Shiratzky, L Arie, N Giladi, J M Hausdorff
In a prospective 5-year study among Parkinson's disease (PD) tremor-dominant (TD) patients, we investigated who will remain TD and who will later convert into the postural instability gait difficulty (PIGD) phenotype. At follow-up, 38% were still considered TD. At baseline the TD non-convertors had more years of education and better cognitive function than the convertors and significantly smaller deterioration in gait, balance, cognitive function and other non-motor symptoms. These results highlight the potential role of cognition in protecting against the development of PIGD symptoms...
February 15, 2018: Journal of Neural Transmission
Kyoung-Tak Kang, Yong-Gon Koh, Juhyun Son, Moonki Jung, Sangyun Oh, Sung-Jae Kim, Sung-Hwan Kim
The posterolateral corner (PLC) structures including the popliteofibular ligament (PFL), popliteus tendon (PT) and lateral collateral ligament (LCL) are important soft tissues for posterior translational, external rotational and varus angulation knee joint instabilities. The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of deficient PLC structures on the kinematics of the knee joint under gait and squat loading conditions. We developed subject-specific computational models with full 12-degree-of-freedom tibiofemoral and patellofemoral joints for four male subjects and one female subject...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Orthopaedic Research: Official Publication of the Orthopaedic Research Society
Jordan Xu, Rod J Nault, Andres Maldonado-Naranjo, Leonardo A Frizon, Kuruvilla John, Katherine Holman, Sean J Nagel
Infections are one of the most common causes of mortality in immunocompromised patients. In patients diagnosed with hematologic malignancies, treatment with stem cell transplants (SCT) or T-cell suppressing chemotherapy increases the risk of central nervous system (CNS) infections, of which toxoplasmosis is the most common. We report the case of a 63 year-old woman with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) that presented with gait instability and visual changes. Intracranial lesions were noted on initial neuro-imaging...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
Christopher L Groth, Brian D Berman
Background: Spinocerebellar ataxia (SCA) is an uncommon form of progressive cerebellar ataxia with multiple genetic causes and marked variability in phenotypic expression even across patients with identical genetic abnormalities. SCA27 is a recently identified SCA caused by mutations in the Fibroblast Growth Factor 14 gene, with a phenotypic expression that is only beginning to be fully appreciated. We report here a case of a 70-year-old male who presented with slowly worsening tremor and gait instability that began in his early adulthood along with additional features of parkinsonism on examination...
2018: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
Khushboo K Dalal, Abraham M Joshua, Akshatha Nayak, Prasanna Mithra, Zulkifli Misri, Bhaskaran Unnikrishnan
INTRODUCTION: Knee hyperextension is seen in 40-68% of ambulating hemiparetics. If left untreated it may lead to laxity of posterior structures of knee resulting in early degeneration of knee leading to pain, reduced independence in activities of daily living (ADL), deformities and instability. In this study we hypothesize walking with bent knee attitude (prowling) along with proprioceptive training may help to reduce knee hyperextension during the stance phase of gait cycle. OBJECTIVE: To test the efficacy of prowling along with proprioceptive training on knee hyperextension range, dorsiflexion range and spatio temporal parameters of gait using Wisconsin gait scale (WGS) as compared to routine physiotherapy...
January 26, 2018: Gait & Posture
Erik A Wikstrom, Tricia Hubbard-Turner, Sophie Guderian, Michael J Turner
CONTEXT:   Ankle sprains are the most common orthopaedic injury that occurs during sport and physical activity. Many individuals who sprain their ankles develop chronic ankle instability (CAI), a condition characterized by recurrent injury, decreased physical activity, and decreased quality of life. These residual impairments are believed to persist for the remainder of the patient's life, in part due to the link between CAI and posttraumatic ankle osteoarthritis. However, this belief remains speculative due to the lack of long-term prospective investigations...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Athletic Training
Takuya Konno, Angela Deutschländer, Michael G Heckman, Maryam Ossi, Emily R Vargas, Audrey J Strongosky, Jay A van Gerpen, Ryan J Uitti, Owen A Ross, Zbigniew K Wszolek
INTRODUCTION: Tremor dominant (TD), postural instability/gait difficulty (PIGD), and akinetic-rigid (AR) subtypes are widely used in classifying patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). METHODS: We compared clinical characteristics between PD subtypes in a large retrospective cohort. Between 1998 and 2016, we included a total of 1003 patients with PD in this retrospective study. Six hundred ninety-four patients had more than one visit. Data were collected regarding motor/non-motor symptoms at the initial/final visits...
March 15, 2018: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
Atefeh Aboutorabi, Mokhtar Arazpour, Monireh Ahmadi Bani, Abbas Ali Keshtkar
INTRODUCTION: Thoracic hyperkyphosis is one of the most common spinal disorders in older people, creating impairment, postural instability, gait disorders and a reduced quality of life. The use of spinal orthoses and/or postural taping may be feasible conservative interventions, but their efficacy is uncertain. The aim of this review is therefore to investigate the effectiveness of spinal orthoses and taping on the balance and gait of older people with hyperkyphosis. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: We will include randomised controlled trials and clinical trial studies which assess the efficacy of spinal orthoses and taping using the WHO International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) outcome measures in older people with hyperkyphosis of the thoracic spine...
January 31, 2018: BMJ Open
Jinse Park, Seong-Beom Koh, Hee Jin Kim, Eungseok Oh, Joong-Seok Kim, Ji Young Yun, Do-Young Kwon, Younsoo Kim, Ji Seon Kim, Kyum-Yil Kwon, Jeong-Ho Park, Jinyoung Youn, Wooyoung Jang
OBJECTIVE: Postural instability and gait disturbance are the cardinal symptoms associated with falling among patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). The Tinetti mobility test (TMT) is a well-established measurement tool used to predict falls among elderly people. However, the TMT has not been established or widely used among PD patients in Korea. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the reliability and validity of the Korean version of the TMT for PD patients. METHODS: Twenty-four patients diagnosed with PD were enrolled in this study...
January 2018: Journal of Movement Disorders
Naveed Malek, Rimona S Weil, Catherine Bresner, Michael A Lawton, Katherine A Grosset, Manuela Tan, Nin Bajaj, Roger A Barker, David J Burn, Thomas Foltynie, John Hardy, Nicholas W Wood, Yoav Ben-Shlomo, Nigel W Williams, Donald G Grosset, Huw R Morris
OBJECTIVES: To examine the influence of the glucocerebrosidase (GBA) mutation carrier state on age at onset of Parkinson's disease (PD), the motor phenotype and cognitive function at baseline assessment in a large cohort of UK patients. We also analysed the prevalence of mood and behavioural problems that may confound the assessment of cognitive function. METHODS: We prospectively recruited patients with PD in the Tracking Parkinson's study. We fully sequenced the GBA gene in all recently diagnosed patients (≤3...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
Sheng-Jun Wang, Chuan-Zhu Yan, Yi-Ming Liu, Yu-Ying Zhao
The Cobalamin C deficiency (cblC), characterized with elevated methylmalonic acidemia and homocystinuria in plasma, is an inborn error of cobalamin metabolism. The late-onset cblC siblings patients were rarely reported. In this study, we analyzed the clinical presentations and treatment outcomes of late-onset cblC in Chinese sibling patients with neuropsychiatric presentations. The clinical data of four pairs of Chinese patients were retrospectively analyzed. Serum homocysteine, urine organic acids measurements, neuroimaging exams and gene analysis were carried out in all patents...
January 26, 2018: Metabolic Brain Disease
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