Impairment of complex upper limb motor function in de novo parkinson's disease.

M.M. Ponsen, A. Daffertshofer, E.C.M.J. Wolters, P.J. Beek, H.W. Berendse

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The aim of the present study was to evaluate complex upper limb motor function in newly diagnosed, untreated Parkinson's disease (PD) patients. Four different unimanual upper limb motor tasks were applied to 13 newly diagnosed, untreated PD patients and 13 age- and sex-matched controls. In a handwriting task, PD patients had significantly reduced sentence length and writing velocity, and decreasing letter height in the course of writing. Furthermore, PD patients performed an aiming task slower with than without target, and showed increased transposition in a pointing task. The results of this study extend previous observations of impaired complex upper limb movements to newly diagnosed, untreated PD patients. © 2007 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)199-204
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2008

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