Continuous delivery of energy or L-dopa: Identifying advantages and limitations of DBS and levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel in ansence of head-to-head comparisons
2012 (English)In: Basal Ganglia, Vol. 2, no 4, 221-226 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Deep brain stimulation (DBS) and levodopa–carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) are invasive, efficacious treatments for advanced Parkinson’s disease, but so far head-to-head comparisons are scarce. Although their indications and improvements in motor outcome and quality of life may be broadly similar, these treatment modalities have different modes of action and side effect profiles. This article summarizes a presentation at the 2nd International Conference on Knowledge Gaps in Parkinson’s Disease and other Movement Disorders in Feburary 2012. An overview of the existing evidence for efficacy and adverse events of LCIG and DBS in short- and long-term is provided. Examples of factors at present affecting choice of treatment are given. The obvious knowledge gap is the need to better identify the appropriate time and place to operate patients with Parkinson’s disease. There are major difficulties facing us when trying to resolve this issue. We argue for a registry of patients exposed to these very efficacious, but expensive and potentially harmful, symptomatic treatments.
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2012. Vol. 2, no 4, 221-226 p.
Research subject Neurology
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-187295DOI: 10.1016/j.baga.2012.05.002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-187295DiVA: diva2:574164