LAM Extra for General Practicioners

[Parkinson’s disease from the perspective of general practice]

KOVÁCS Norbert

DECEMBER 05, 2014

LAM Extra for General Practicioners - 2014;6(05)

[Due to the recent developments in medicine, Parkinson’s disease became a relatively well-treatable condition. Recently the working abilities and the health-related quality of life of our patients dramatically improved by the application of optimal pharmacological and functional neurosurgical treatment options. Despite of these good progresses, the curative treatment option is still warranted. The aim of this review article is to present those pharmacological, neurosurgical and other treatments, which can improve the condition and quality of life of the patients. We also discuss the major concerns important for general practitioners including the assessment of driving abilities.]



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[The prevalence of musculoskeletal symptoms among ambulance personnel in a national subsample]

PÉK Emese, BÁNFAI Bálint, DEUTSCH Krisztina, JEGES Sára, BETLEHEM József

[BACKGROUND - The ambulance workers face a lot of mental stress and physical demands in their everyday life. The physical demands can be originated from caring heavy equipment and moving patients. The poor mental health can strengthen physical problems, too. In this study our aim was to detect and compare the musculoskeletal status of ambulance personnel in two regions of Hungary. SAMPLE AND METHODS - On a voluntary base a cross-sectional anonymous, standardized self-fill-in questionnaire (Nordic Musculoskeletal Questionnaire) was used with additional items. All ambulance personnel over 18 years old were involved in the study who worked in direct patient care either in the North-Hungarian or in the West-Hungarian Region of the country. RESULTS - In the regional representative sample N=810 workers answered our questions. Out of them 587 persons (72.5%) reported about some musculoskeletal problem during his lifespan. Most of them suffered from lower back pain (448 persons, 55%), back pain (318 persons, 39%), neck pain (250 persons, 30.9%). Parallel with the aging and with the time spent working for the ambulance service more and more overall discomfort can be detected (p=0.013; p=0.020). Having a second job affected the level and frequency of discomfort negatively (p=0.005). CONCLUSIONS - More than 70% of the ambulance workers experienced musculoskeletal problem during his emergency workers carrier which may worsen the quality of his work and his personal life. To handle the situation primary prevention, screening and possibilities for recreation should be forced among ambulance workers. ]

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[Polyneuropathy as a first sign of microscopic polyangiitis]

ZÖLD Éva, HORVÁTH Ildikó Fanny, TARJÁN Péter, BARTA Zsolt, ZEHER Margit

[INTRODUCTION - Microscopic polyangiitis (MPA) is a systemic autoimmun disease characterized by necrotizing small vasculitis. MPA belongs to the ANCA-associated vasculitides. The disease can affect many of the body’s organ systems. Major organs involved are kidneys, skin, peripheral nerves and lungs. In addition, generalized symptoms such as fever and weight loss are very common. CASE REPORT - In January 2013 a 56-year old woman presented with weight loss, lower leg numbness, walking difficulty and petechiae on the lower legs. One month later, laboratory examinations showed progressive kidney dysfunction, anemia, hypersedimentation and elevated C reactive protein level, but further tests and investigations for potential bacterial infection and tumors were all negative. In sum, clinical signs and symptoms suggested systemic vasculitis, which was proved by the kidney biopsy and ENG examination. From these findings, microscopic polyangiitis was diagnosed with polyneuropathy and glomerulonephritis. The patient was a Hepatitis B (HBV) virus carrier, which can be provoking factor for vasculitis. Corticosteroid and six treatment cycles of intravenous pulse cyclophosphamide were performed for induction of remission. After treatment her symptoms improved and kidney function was normalized. Antiviral treatment was started because of HBV reactivation in October 2013. As a new manifestation of MPA, pulmonary symptoms were appeared in November 2013 and the patient was treated with synchronization of plasmapheresis and pulse cyclophosphamide with good clinical effectivity. Now, she is treated with methotrexate as immunosuppressive treatment and control examinations indicate the remission of the disease with proper renal function. CONCLUSION - We draw attention to a rare case of vasculitis and underline the importance of both the early diagnosis and the early and effective immunosuppressive therapy. Peripheral neuropathy may occur as a result of having systemic vasculitis. Nevertheless, the exploration and elimination of provoking factors are also must be part of the management and the regular follow-up is essential to recognize the disease relapses, thus avoid permanent organ damage.]

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[Health behaviour and cancer screening ]


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[Earlier and more efficiently: the role of deep brain stimulation for parkinson’s disease preserving the working capabilities]

DELI Gabriella, BALÁS István, KOMOLY Sámuel, DÓCZI Tamás, JANSZKY József, ASCHERMANN Zsuzsanna, NAGY Ferenc, BOSNYÁK Edit, KOVÁCS Norbert

[Background – The recently published “EarlyStim” study demonstrated that deep brain stimulation (DBS) for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease (PD) with early fluctuations is superior to the optimal pharmacological treatment in improving the quality of life and motor symptoms, and preserving sociocultural position. Our retrospective investigation aimed to evaluate if DBS therapy was able to preserve the working capabilities of our patients. Methods – We reviewed the data of 39 young (<60 years-old) PD patients who underwent subthalamic DBS implantation at University of Pécs and had at least two years follow-up. Patients were categorized into two groups based on their working capabilities: Patients with active job (“Job+” group, n=15) and retired patients (without active job, “Job-” group, n=24). Severity of motor symptoms (UPDRS part 3), quality of life (EQ-5D) and presence of active job were evaluated one and two years after the operation. Results – As far as the severity of motor symptoms were concerned, similar (approximately 50%) improvement was achieved in both groups. However, the postoperative quality of life was significantly better in the Job+ group. Majority (12/15, 80%) of Job+ group members were able to preserve their job two years after the operation. However, only a minimal portion (1/24, 4.2%) of the Job- group members was able to return to the world of active employees (p<0.01, McNemar test). Conclusion – Although our retrospective study has several limitations, our results fit well with the conclusions of “EarlyStim” study. Both of them suggest that with optimal timing of DBS implantation we may preserve the working capabilities of our patients.]

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Vestibular evoked myogenic potential responses in Parkinson’s disease


Background - Our objectives were to determine the differences in the vestibular evoked myogenic potential (VEMP) responses in patients diagnosed with early staged idiopathic Parkinson’s disease (PD) compared to the normal population and evaluate the vestibular system disorder causing balance-posture disorders. Second aim of this study was to investigate caloric test responses particularly in early staged PD compared to normal popu­lation. Material and methods - Thirty patients (14 females and 16 males; mean age, 60.6 ± 13.1 years) diagnosed with idiopathic PD and 28 healthy subjects (20 males and 8 females; mean age, 59.1 ± 6.4 years) were included. The patient and control groups were subdivided according to their age, gender and the patient group was subdivided according to onset time of the Parkinson symptoms, Hoehn-Yahr staging. The subgroups were compared for VEMP and caloric test responses. Results - There were no significant differences between the study and control groups for right and left VEMP measurements. Patients over 60 years and under 60 years did not show significant differences in terms of right and left mean VEMP measurements. However, P1 amplitude was significantly lower in patients over 60 years old (P = .004). Gender, disease duration, BERG balance scale and Hoehn-Yahr stage had no effect on the VEMP amplitudes. There was no significant correlation with the side of Parkinsonian symptoms to the side of canal paresis (P = .566) and the side on which no VEMP response was obtained in caloric test. Conclusion - VEMP responses were not different between PD and healthy subjects. VEMP P1 amplitude was decreased with age in PD group. Canal paresis and symptoms side were not statistically correlated in caloric test.

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[The treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease]


[The treatment of Parkinson’s disease depends on the symptoms of the patients and obviously the stage of the disease. Several different approaches can be found in the literature. Based on the published data, in this review we try to summarize the different approaches to the disease stages and theirs’ clinical relevance. Actually, one of the most important issue is the recognition of advanced stage and therefore we reviewed the device-aided therapies. ]

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[Selection of the optimal device-aided therapy in Parkinson’s disease]

KOVÁCS Norbert, ASCHERMANN Zsuzsanna, JUHÁSZ Annamária, HARMAT Márk, PINTÉR Dávid, JANSZKY József

[For the treatment of advanced Parkinson’s disease the deep brain stimulation (DBS) and the levodopa/carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) therapies are available in Hungary. Although they may have similar impact on the health-related quality of life and disabilities associated with the disease, they have different indications, and inclusion- and exclusion criteria. Consequently, the patient population treated with DBS and LCIG may be different. In the present review, the authors try to help the process of selection of the optimal device-aided therapy for the patients with advanced Parkinson’s disease. ]

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Association of cardiovascular risk factors and Parkinson’s disease - case-control study in South East Hungary


Aims - Parkinson’s disease (PD) has the second highest incidence among neurodegenerative diseases in the world population. The study aimed to investigate the presence of some cardiovascular risk factors - dyslipidemia, diabetes, and hypertension - in PD patients and to compare their risk with non-PD population in South East Hungary. Methods - A case-control study was conducted at the Department of Neurology, University of Szeged, Hungary. The study included 1299 subjects out of which 620 patients were identified as cases of diagnosed PD and 679 as controls. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to reveal the association of vascular risk factors with PD. Results - In the univariate analysis, diabetes mellitus was positively associated with PD, while dyslipidemia showed negative association to it in the total population, and no significant associations were found between hypertension and PD. The multivariate logistic regression models showed that the odds of diabetes mellitus was higher (OR=2.86), while the odds of dyslipidemia was lower (OR=0.58) among PD patients than in the control group. Hypertension showed a different pattern by gender: the odds of registered hypertension was significantly lower in female PD patients (OR=0.68), whereas the result was not significant in males. Conclusions - This is the first study that provides a comprehensive view of the cardiovascular risk factors in PD patients in Hungary and shows considerable relationship between diabetes mellitus and PD.