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Managing fatigue in patients with Parkinson's disease: a patient-focused perspective

Authors Ridder A, Chou K

Received 16 January 2016

Accepted for publication 24 April 2016

Published 6 July 2016 Volume 2016:6 Pages 65—72


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Peter Hedera

Andrew Ridder,1 Kelvin L Chou,1,2

1Department of Neurology, 2Department of Neurosurgery, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, USA

Abstract: Fatigue, experienced as a significantly diminished energy level or an increased perception of effort disproportionate to attempted activities or general activity level, is being increasingly recognized as a common and disabling problem in patients with Parkinson’s disease. There are no commonly accepted criteria to diagnose fatigue in Parkinson’s disease and there is limited evidence regarding treatment of this symptom. This article reviews the current knowledge surrounding fatigue in Parkinson’s disease, including symptoms, epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment, with a focus on the patient’s perspective.

Keywords: Parkinson’s disease, fatigue, diagnosis, treatment

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