Emergencies and critical issues in Parkinson's disease

Cristina Simonet, Eduardo Tolosa, Ana Camara, Francesc Valldeoriola
Practical Neurology 2019 August 19
Complications from Parkinson's disease may develop over the disease course, sometimes unexpectedly, and require prompt or even urgent medical intervention. The most common are associated with aggravation of motor symptoms; serious non-motor complications, such as psychosis, orthostatic hypotension or sleep attacks, also occur. Here we review such complications, their clinical presentation, precipitating factors and management, including those related to using device-aided therapies. Early recognition and prompt attention to these critical situations is challenging, even for the Parkinson's disease specialist, but is essential to prevent serious problems.


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