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what causes an elderly gentleman to show slowness of gait, bent over stature, confusion?

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Dr. Luis Villaplana
Internal Medicine 35 years experience
DEMENTIA, PARKINSONS: But also a possibility of a condition called nph(normal pressure hydrocephalus) which is easily missed. Please discuss with his doctor.
Dr. Cynthia Archer
Internal Medicine 19 years experience
Most often.: Parkinson's disease. But to be certain you should have him examined by a neurologist. A common finding is what is known as resting tremor, also called "pill rolling" tremor because the patients appear to be rolling a pill between thier thumbs and index fingers at rest, but when they reach for something, often the tremor disappears. There are other causes that any good general neurologist can ID.

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