Marche à Petit Pas

Marche à Petit Pas

Marche à petit pas is a disorder of gait characterized by impairments of balance, gait ignition, and locomotion. Particularly there is shortened stride (literally marche à petit pas) and a variably wide base. This gait disorder is often associated with dementia, Frontal Release Signs, and urinary incontinence, and sometimes with apraxia, parkinsonism, and pyramidal signs. This constellation of clinical signs reflects underlying pathology in the frontal lobe and subjacent white matter, most usually of vascular origin. Modern clinical classifications of gait disorders have subsumed marche à petit pas into the category of frontal gait disorder.



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Apraxia; Dementia; Frontal Release Signs; Parkinsonism