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Management of non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

Shyamal H. Meta and Kapil D. Sethi

in Parkinson's Disease

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780199550630
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199607297 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780199550630.003.0008

Series: Oxford Neurology Library

Management of non-motor symptoms of Parkinson’s disease

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• Patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) may suffer from non-motor symptoms at all stages of the disease. At times, patients find the non-motor symptoms more distressing than the motor symptoms of PD • Olfactory dysfunction, constipation and impaired visuospatial discrimination may occur even before the appearance of motor symptoms • The non-motor symptoms of PD can be attributed to the involvement of multiple neurotransmitter systems including the dopaminergic system in the degenerative process. In general, these symptoms are unresponsive to dopaminergic therapy and require different treatment strategies • Failure to recognize impulse control disorders in patients on dopaminergic therapy (especially dopamine agonists) may result in significant adverse consequences.

Chapter.  4342 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neurology

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