The hypothesis of the genesis of motor complications and continuous dopaminergic stimulation in the treatment of Parkinson's disease

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Abstract

The symptoms of Parkinson's disease can become increasingly difficult to control as the disease advances. Levodopa remains the most efficacious therapy for symptomatic treatment. However, with long-term therapy motor and non-motor complications develop. There is now accumulating evidence that several factors - the progressive pathology of Parkinson's disease, the change in drug pharmacodynamics, and the pulsatile manner in which short-acting dopaminergic agents stimulate striatal dopamine receptors - are key contributors to the priming of the basal ganglia for induction of motor complications. In this paper, an overview of the different factors inducing motor fluctuations and the role of dopamine receptors stimulation is provided.

Original languageEnglish
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009

Keywords

  • Continuous dopaminergic stimulation
  • Dyskinesias
  • Levodopa
  • Motor complications
  • Parkinson's disease

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Neurology

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