Corticobasal degeneration (CBD) is a progressive neurological disorder characterized by nerve cell loss and atrophy of multiple areas of the brain, including the cerebral cortex and the basal ganglia. Corticobasal degeneration progresses gradually. Initial symptoms, which typically begin at or around age 60, may first appear on one side of the body but eventually will affect both sides as the disease progresses.
Symptoms are similar to those found in Parkinson’s disease, such as poor coordination, akinesia (an absence of movements), rigidity (a resistance to imposed movement), disequilibrium (impaired balance), and limb dystonia (abnormal muscle postures). Other symptoms, such as cognitive and visual-spatial impairments, apraxia (loss of the ability to make familiar, purposeful movements), hesitant and halting speech, myoclonus (muscular jerks), and dysphagia (difficulty swallowing) may also occur.
If you think that you or a loved one might be exhibiting some of the symptoms of corticobasal degeneration and would like to make an appointment with a movement disorders specialist, please call (513) 475-8730.