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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.


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.

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