Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Non-motor Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

K. Ray Chaudhuri, Eduardo Tolosa, Anthony H. V. Schapira, and Werner Poewe

Print publication date: Dec 2014

ISBN: 9780199684243

Publisher: Oxford University Press


Patients with Parkinson's disease (PD) are known to suffer from motor symptoms of the disease, but they also experience non-motor symptoms (NMS) that are often present before diagnosis or that inevitably emerge with disease progression. This online resource discusses motor symptoms of Parkinson's disease that have been extensively researched, and covers effective clinical tools for their assessment and treatment. It also covers how researchers have only recently begun to focus on the NMS of Parkinson's Disease, which are poorly recognized and inadequately treated by clinicians. It also covers how these NMS have significant impact on patient quality of life and mortality, and discusses neuropsychiatric, sleep-related, autonomic, gastrointestinal, and sensory symptoms. Additionally, it addresses that, while some NMS can be improved with currently available treatments, others may be more refractory and will require research into novel (non-dopaminergic) drug therapies for the future. It is edited by members of the UK Parkinson's Disease Non-Motor Group (PD-NMG), features contributions from international experts, and summarizes the current understanding of NMS symptoms in Parkinson's disease while pointing the way towards future research.

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