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Muscle Rigidity MeSH Descriptor Data 2023


MeSH Heading
Muscle Rigidity
Tree Number(s)
C05.651.504
C10.597.613.550.500
C23.888.592.608.550.500
Unique ID
D009127
RDF Unique Identifier
http://id.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/D009127
Scope Note
Continuous involuntary sustained muscle contraction which is often a manifestation of BASAL GANGLIA DISEASES. When an affected muscle is passively stretched, the degree of resistance remains constant regardless of the rate at which the muscle is stretched. This feature helps to distinguish rigidity from MUSCLE SPASTICITY. (From Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p73)
Entry Term(s)
Catatonic Rigidity
Cogwheel Rigidity
Extensor Rigidity
Extrapyramidal Rigidity
Gegenhalten
Nuchal Rigidity
Rigidity, Muscular
NLM Classification #
WE 550
Previous Indexing
Muscular Diseases (1966-1971)
Public MeSH Note
1973
History Note
1973(1972)
Date Established
1973/01/01
Date of Entry
1999/01/01
Revision Date
1999/12/06
Muscle Rigidity Preferred
Cogwheel Rigidity Narrower
Nuchal Rigidity Narrower
Extrapyramidal Rigidity Narrower
Gegenhalten Related
Catatonic Rigidity Narrower
Extensor Rigidity Narrower
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