Neurological Question #31


An elderly client is being assessed in the clinic. The client voices concern that Parkinson’s disease may be happening. What assessment will the nurse determine to be one of the first signs of onset of Parkinson’s disease?


  1. Resting Tremor.
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  2. Cogwheel Rigidity.
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  3. Akinesia.
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  4. Bradykinesia.
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Tremor is one of the first signs of Parkinson’s disease. Clients may notice tremors first since they might occur at rest; however, some may be manageable and minimal. The second sign is rigidity followed by bradykinesia. The last sign is akinesia, which occurs in later stages of Parkinson’s disease.

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