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Mov Disord 2013 Sep; 28(11):1560-5
Authors: John G Nutt
Department of Neurology, Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA.
The term higher-level gait disorders (HLGD) defines a category of balance and gait disorders that are not explained by deficits in strength, tone, sensation, or coordination. HLGD are characterized by various combinations of disequilibrium and impaired locomotion. A plethora of new imaging techniques are beginning to determine the neural circuits that are the basis of these disorders. Although a variety of neurodegenerative and other pathologies can produce HLGD, the most common cause appears to be microvascular disease that causes white-matter lesions and thereby disrupts balance/locomotor circuits. © 2013 International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
PMID: 24132844 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]