Lege Artis Medicinae

[The complexity of hyper-lipidaemia’s follow-up in a polymorbid patient diagnosed with newfound Parkinson’s disease]


DECEMBER 20, 2014

Lege Artis Medicinae - 2014;24(12)

[The 73-year-old polymorbid man has been examined because of above normal blood pressure and increased serum lipid levels. From his already known diseases subclinic hypothyreosis should be highlighted. Because of increased serum cholesterol (6.7 mmol/l) and LDL levels (4.91 mmol/l) 40 mg atorvastatin has been adjusted besides 10 mg amlodipine against his high blood pressure. Subsequently selegiline and levodopa/benserazid therapy have been adjusted caused by newly diagnosed Parkinson’s disease. Parallel in time decreased dosage of atorvastatin (20 milli- gramms) has been enabled to adjust as well, the pill taken by the patient is combinated with 10 milligramms of amlodipine and called Amlator®. The improvement of lipid levels might be due to the trasformation of subclinic hypothyroidism to euthyroid state of the thyroid gland. Levodopa might plays role in this improvement resulting in an inhibition of TSH release because of demonstrated dopamine-receptors in the pituitary gland.]



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