Role, indications and controversies of levodopa administration in chronic stroke patients

M. Acler, P. Manganotti

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Abstract

Stroke leaves many patients disabled even after rehabilitative training, representing a major cause of disability. Several approaches to improve outcomes have been attempted in recent years, with only relative benefit. Emerging evidences show a potential role of pharmacological intervention to enhance motor recovery after stroke. Contrasting evidence are coming from experimental and clinical studies, so far, and pharmacological intervention during rehabilitation represents a major controversial in neurorehabilitation. Dopaminergic stimulation appears as one of the most promising way to improve motor recovery. Subject of this paper will be the ratio underlying the clinical use of levodopa in chronic stroke patients, trying to outline the most convincing evidences about a potential role of this drug in rehabilitative strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)243-249
Number of pages7
JournalEuropean Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
Volume49
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

Keywords

  • Neuronal plasticity.
  • Rehabilitation
  • Stroke

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation

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