Freezing beyond gait in Parkinson's disease: A review of current neurobehavioral evidence.

  • Vercruysse S
  • Gilat M
  • Shine J
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Highlights:, * Freezing behavior in Parkinson's disease occurs in both gait and non-gait domains., * Freezing elicited during non-gait paradigms is similar to gait freezing., * Motor-cognitive triggers of non-gait freezing fit well with conceptual models of FOG., * Freezing is likely related to impairments in frontostriatal neural communication., Besides the continuous motor impairments that characterize Parkinson's disease (PD), patients are frequently troubled by sudden paroxysmal arrests or brief episodes of movement breakdown, referred to as 'freezing'. Freezing of gait (FOG) is common in advanced PD and typically occurs in walking conditions that challenge dynamic motor-cognitive control. Mounting evidence suggests that episodic motor phenomena during repetitive upper limb (e.g. writing), lower limb (e.g. foot tapping) and speech sequences resemble FOG and may share some underlying neural mechanisms. However, the precise association between gait and non-gait freezing phenomena remains controversial. This review aimed to clarify this association based on literature on non-gait freezing published between 2000 and 2013. We focused on clinical and epidemiological features of the episodes and their relevance to current influential models of FOG, including recent neuroimaging studies that used a non-gait freezing paradigm as a proxy for FOG. Although not capturing the full complexity of FOG, the neurobehavioral insights obtained with non-gait freezing paradigms will contribute to an increased understanding of disturbed brain-behavior output in PD., (C) 2014Elsevier, Inc.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Basal ganglia
  • Festination
  • Freezing
  • Freezing of gait
  • Lower limb
  • Motor block
  • Neuroimaging
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Upper limb
  • speech

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  • S Vercruysse

  • M Gilat

  • J Shine

  • E Heremans

  • S Lewis

  • A Nieuwboer

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