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Here is a quick mnemonic “KEY FEATURE to remember about Functional Gait Disorder

This can be valuable for patients as well as medical doctors, nurses & students doing their clinical rounds. You can also find it very useful for med exams like USMLE, NEET PG, FMGE, NExT & NCLEX exams

Functional Gait Disorder: How To Remember Easily ?

  • K – Key features: The key features of functional neurologic disorders are sudden onset, inconsistent deficits, waxing and waning course, incongruence of symptoms with an organic lesion, and improvement with distraction.
  • E – Extreme slow motion: Phenomenology in functional neurologic disorders can include extreme slow motion.
  • Y – Yellow caution: An inappropriately overcautious gait can be observed in functional neurologic disorders.
  • F – Foot stiffness: Dystonia, characterized by foot stiffness, is a possible manifestation of functional neurologic disorders.
  • E – Energy wastage: Odd gyrations of posture with wastage of muscular energy can be seen in functional neurologic disorders.
  • A – Astasia-abasia: Astasia-abasia refers to the inability to stand and walk and is a symptom associated with functional neurologic disorders.
  • T – Trauma or stress: Preceding trauma or stress can be variably present in functional neurologic disorders.
  • U – Uncommon falls: Falls are rare in functional neurologic disorders.
  • R – Retardation differentiation: Functional gait disorders should be differentiated from the slowness and psychomotor retardation seen in certain patients with major depression.
  • E – Examination discrepancies: There are often discrepancies between examination findings and the patient’s functional status in functional neurologic disorders.

Mnemonic : KEY FEATURE

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