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Inability to use objects and perform tasks
Apraxia is when a person cannot perform useful tasks even though their muscles and senses work properly.
Apraxia occurs in many forms, including:
Home CareSafety measures should be taken to compensate for weakness, confusion, sensory deficiencies, or seizures that may accompany this problem. Participation in normal activities is encouraged.
Extreme patience should be exercised with people who suffer from apraxia. Take time to demonstrate tasks and allow sufficient time for the afflicted person to perform the task. Avoid complex directions.
Call your health care provider if
Call your health care provider if there is unexplained and persistent lack of ability to do simple, routine acts.
The medical history will be obtained and a physical examination performed. If there are seizures, the patient will be stabilized first.
Medical history questions documenting your symptom in detail may include:
Diagnostic tests that may be performed include:
After seeing your health care provider:
If a diagnosis was made by your health care provider as the cause of dysfunctional movement, you may want to note that diagnosis in your personal medical record.
Update Date: 5/12/2003Elaine T. Kiriakopoulos, M.D., M.Sc., Department of Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard University, Boston, MA. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network.
Last updated: Tue, 06 Jan 2009 00:20:03 GMT