Fast Five Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Tardive Dyskinesia?

Matthew Swan, MD


April 30, 2019

Finger dyskinesia would lessen upon squeezing the hand of this patient. Abnormal movements due to TD occur at rest and lessen or stop with activation or touch. Several similar tests may be used during the physical examination when assessing a patient for TD. For example, asking a patient with TD to open his or her mouth usually diminishes orofacial dyskinesia; likewise, tongue protrusion often lessens tongue dyskinesia. Generally, movements associated with TD worsen when attention is detracted from them.

TD is not associated with sensory loss, and hypersensitivity to pain would be unusual.

As previously noted, this patient’s finger dyskinesia would be reduced, not increased, upon squeezing of her hand.

For more on clinical findings of TD, read here.


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