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ISRN Neurology
Volume 2012, Article ID 306816, 8 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.5402/2012/306816
Research Article

Deficits in Scaling of Gait Force and Cycle in Parkinsonian Gait Identified by Long-Term Monitoring of Acceleration with the Portable Gait Rhythmogram

1Department of Neurology, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan
2Department of Neurology, Shizuoka Hospital, Juntendo University, Shizuoka 410-2295, Japan
3Mitsubishi Chemical Group Science and Technology Research Center, Inc., Kanagawa 27-0033, Japan
4Department of Medical Education, Tokyo Medical University, Tokyo 160-0023, Japan

Received 30 July 2012; Accepted 10 September 2012

Academic Editors: A. K. Erdemoglu and G. Meco

Copyright © 2012 Hiroo Terashi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

To examine the range of gait acceleration and cycle in daily walking of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD), we compared the gait of 40 patients with PD and 17 normal controls by using a newly developed long-term monitoring device that extracts gait-related accelerations from overall movements-related accelerations. The range of change in gait acceleration, relative to the control, was less than 75% in 12 patients. The range of change in gait cycle was less than 75% in 8 patients. The range of changes in both parameters was less than 75% in 4 patients. The results suggest narrow changes in gait parameters in PD.