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Mov Disord. 2007 Jun 15;22(8):1179-81.

Punding prevalence in Parkinson's disease.

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Movement Disorders Centre, Toronto Western Hospital, University Health Network, Krembil Neuroscience Centre, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada. miyasaki@uhnres.utoronto.ca

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine punding prevalence in an ambulatory Parkinson's disease (PD) population. We conducted a patient-and-caregiver-completed punding survey in 373 consecutive patients in an academic ambulatory center. Completion rate was 78%. Only four patients were identified as punding. Patients did not retain insight to their behavior. Forty patients with high-dose levodopa monotherapy or levodopa and dopamine agonist treatment had physician-administered interview. None had punding. Punding incidence was low in this patient group (1.4%) in contrast with previous reports of 14%. Despite the low incidence, this behavior is disruptive and should be carefully elicited by physicians caring for Parkinson's disease patients.

PMID:
17230464
DOI:
10.1002/mds.21296
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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