Nonmotor symptoms and Parkinsons disease

Writing in neurology Jan 2013, Dr. Khoo et al study the frequency of non motor symptoms in early PD.  Dr. Khoo team consisted of scientists and physical and occupational therapists from Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne; Imperial College, MRC Clinical Sciences Centre, London; and Cambridge Centre for Brain Repair (Cambridge University, Cambridge, UK.

Because Nonmotor symptoms (NMS) are common in patients with established Parkinson disease (PD) the team determined the frequency of NMS in newly diagnosed PD patients. The most common NMS symptoms were excessive saliva, forgetfulness, urinary urgency, hyposmia, and constipation and even in the early stages of PD, NMS is detrimental to patients’ functional status and quality of life and sense of well being.



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