from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Inability to extend the hand, owing to paralysis of the extensor muscles in the forearm. It is commonly associated with lead-poisoning. Also called dropwrist.
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When taken in small but long-continued doses, it produces colic, called painter's colic; great pain, obstinate constipation, and in extreme cases paralytic, symptoms, especially wrist-drop, with a blue line along the edge of the gums.
The right upper extremity was normal, but weak; there was wrist-drop on the left side and the deltoid was wasted and powerless; on the other hand the fingers could be flexed, and although the elbow could not be, there were signs of returning power in the biceps, and some movements of the shoulder could be performed by the capsular muscles.
At the end of a month the man left for England, with fair power in the triceps, but well-marked wrist-drop.
Three weeks later, radial sensation returned; but the triceps was very weak, and wrist-drop was complete.
As Mrs. Wardlaw's hand rested on the arm of the chair I saw that there was a peculiar flexion of her wrist which reminded me of the so-called "wrist-drop" of which I had heard.
Weakness or paralysis of the extensors of the wrist and hand results, giving rise to the characteristic "wrist-drop."
There is the wrist-drop, the eyesight affected, the partial paralysis, the hallucinations and a condition in old Pearcy's case almost bordering on insanity -- to enumerate the symptoms that seem to be present in varying degrees in various persons in the two houses. "