Qualitative features of finger movement during the Halstead finger oscillation test following traumatic brain injury
Qualitative and quantitative performance on the Halstead Finger Tapping test may help differentiate brain dysfunctional patients from normal controls. "Normal" and "abnormal" finger tapping patterns during this task have been characterized and illustrated pictorially. Data from 65 patients with traumatic brain injury (TBI) and 15 normal controls support the dual proposition that (1) abnormal finger tapping patterns are more commonly observed in TBI patients than in controls and (2) the frequency of abnormal finger movements may relate to the severity of TBI during the acute stages after trauma. Future prospective studies are needed to replicate these findings.
Medical Subject Headings
Adult; Brain Injuries (complications); Female; Fingers (physiopathology); Humans; Male; Movement Disorders (diagnosis, etiology, physiopathology); Neuropsychological Tests; Severity of Illness Index
Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society : JINS
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Prigatano, George P. and Borgaro, Susan R., "Qualitative features of finger movement during the Halstead finger oscillation test following traumatic brain injury" (2003). Clinical Neuropsychology. 239.