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Gastrointestinal Symptoms in Parkinson Disease: Clinical Aspects and Management

  • D. Salat-Foix (a1), C. N. Andrews (a2), J. Meddings (a2) and O. Suchowersky (a1) (a3)


Although it is now generally recognized that the clinical spectrum of Parkinson disease (PD) is broader than its defining motor aspects, its various non-motor symptoms are often not routinely assessed in the clinical setting. As most of these symptoms are amenable to treatment, improved recognition would lead to more comprehensive management of the disease, and ultimately improve the quality of life for PD patients. In an attempt to increase the general awareness of physicians caring for these patients, this article focuses on the clinical manifestations and treatment of the gastrointestinal symptoms most commonly experienced by PD patients, as well as on the gastrointestinal side effects of antiparkinsonian treatments.

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Movement Disorders Program. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Area 3, UCMC, 3350 Hospital Drive NW, Calgary, Alberta, T2N 4N1, Canada


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