Compulsive drumming induced by dopamine agonists in Parkinson's disease: Another aspect of punding

Carmine Vitale, Luigi Trojano, Paolo Barone, Domenico Errico, Valeria Agosti, Giuseppe Sorrentino, Dario Grossi, Gabriella Santangelo

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Abstract

We report the case of a man affected by Parkinson's disease who developed an unusual, severe, repetitive behavior characterized by an irrepressible need to drum and beat percussion instruments following to the introduction of pramipexole. This compulsive behavior was not associated to a pattern of chronic inappropriate overuse of dopaminergic medication or other psychiatric symptoms. Sharing many features with other repetitive behaviors, compulsive drumming might be considered a distinct manifestation of punding in Parkinson's disease.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-562
Number of pages4
JournalBehavioural Neurology
Volume27
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

Keywords

  • Parkinson's disease
  • pramipexole
  • Punding

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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