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WHAT IS PSEUDO PYRAMIDAL WEAKNESS

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WHAT IS PSEUDO PYRAMIDAL WEAKNESS

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Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Can you tell me where you saw this term so I can put it in context for you?

Customer: replied 7 years ago.
MY MUM WAS SENT A COPY OF A LETTER FORM THE HOSPITAL TO HER GP REGARDING HER APPOINTMENT OUTCOME. THE LETTER SAID HER SYMPTOMS INDICATED PARKINSONS OR PSEUDO PYRAMIDAL WEAKNESS. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?

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Welcome to Just Answer and thanks for your question. Parkinson's is a degenerative disorder of the nervous system that causes problems with movement, speech, and some other things. It involves lack of a neurotransmitter called dopamine in the brain.

 

The pyramid of the brain is also known as the corticospinal tract. Problems with the left side of the corticospinal tract typically cause motor difficulties on the right side of the body and vice versa. There are several diseases that exhibit this kind of pattern. Pseudopyramidal just means that it could be a weakness in the pyramidal system, but it doesn't say what it could be. Basically, the letter is just suggesting possibilites so your GP can order further testing.

 

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/parkinsons_disease.htm

 

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