Background: Despite its negative impact on quality of life, fatigue in Parkinson’s disease (PD) remains an under-recognized issue and the underlying pathology is undetermined. Objective: To contribute at understanding the pathogenesis of fatigue in a naturalistic cohort of cognitively intact PD patients. Methods: In a Caucasian population of PD patients (n = 27), we evaluated to what extent fatigue (quantified as PFS-16 score) is associated with PD duration and with autonomic dysfunction, studied by both MIBG scintigraphy and autonomic nervous system testing. The latter included the head-up tilt test, Valsalva maneuver, deep breathing, and handgrip tests. Results: PFS-16 score correlated with disease duration (R = 0.57, p = 0.002). Fatigue showed a clear correlation with deep breathing test (R = − 0.53, p = 0.004) but not with the MIBG H/M ratios. Conclusions: Our data are consistent with a multifactorial pathogenesis of fatigue and with effects of dopamine depletion in PD-related fatigue; on the other hand, our findings do not support a role for sympathetic denervation in PD-related fatigue.
- Autonomic nervous system
- Myocardial scintigraphy
- Parkinson’s disease
Olivola, E., Brusa, L., Rocchi, C., Schillaci, O., Liguori, C., Cerroni, R., Pierantozzi, M., Chiaravalloti, A., Stefani, A., & Stocchi, F. (2018). Does fatigue in Parkinson’s disease correlate with autonomic nervous system dysfunction? Neurological Sciences, 39(12), 2169-2174. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10072-018-3569-x