A 50-year-old female asked:
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is it normal to pass the heal to toe test with eyes closed for a few steps and then fail the test( arms swaying, unbalanced equilibrium) with another attempt a few seconds later, consistent results?

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Dr. Yvette Kratzberg
24 years experience Pediatrics
Can indicate problem: Tandem gait (heel to toe) test failure can indicate a vestibular (inner ear) problem, a medication side effect, muscle weakness, MS, or a lesion on your cerebellum as well as ethanol intoxication. It is important for a physician to evaluate any problems with a variety of tests to accurately diagnose the underlying condition.
Answered on May 18, 2020

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