Levodopa/carbidopa intestinal gel can improve both motor and non-motor experiences of daily living in Parkinson's disease: An open-label study

Annamária Juhász, Zsuzsanna Aschermann, Péter Ács, József Janszky, Márton Kovács, Attila Makkos, Márk Harmat, Dalma Tényi, Kázmér Karádi, Sámuel Komoly, Annamária Takáts, Adrián Tóth, Helga Nagy, Péter Klivényi, György Dibó, Lívia Dézsi, Dénes Zádori, Ádám Annus, László Vécsei, Lajos VarannaiNorbert Kovács

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Background Levodopa/carbidopa intestinal gel therapy (LCIG) can efficiently improve several motor and non-motor symptoms of advanced Parkinson's disease (PD). The recently developed Movement Disorder Society-sponsored Unified Parkinson's Disease Rating Scale (MDS-UPDRS) improved the original UPDRS making it a more robust tool to evaluate therapeutic changes. However, previous studies have not used the MDS-UPDRS and the Unified Dyskinesia Rating Scale (UDysRS) to assess the efficacy of LCIG. Objectives Our aim was to determine if the MDS-UPDRS and UDysRS could detect improvement in the experiences of daily living following 1-year LCIG treatment. Methods In this prospective, multicenter, open-label study, 34 consecutive patients undergoing LCIG treatment were enrolled. Patients were examined twice: prior to LCIG initiation and 12 months later. Impact of PD-related symptoms and dyskinesia was assessed by the MDS-UPDRS and UDysRS. Results Non-motor Experiences of Daily Living part of MDS-UPDRS improved from 20 (median, interquartile-range, IQR:14–23) to 16 points (median, IQR:12–20, p = 0.044) and the Motor Experiences of Daily Living ameliorated from 24 (median, IQR:20–29) to 18 points (median, IQR:13–25, p = 0.025). Health-related quality of life, measured by PDQ-39, also improved from 35.4 (median, IQR:26.9–50.3) to 27.0 (median, IQR:21.3–31.4) points (p = 0.003). The total score of UDysRS decreased from 47 (median, IQR:36–54) to 34 (median, IQR:21–45) points (p = 0.003). Conclusions As far as the authors are aware of, our paper is the first to evaluate the impact of LCIG on dyskinesia by the means of UDysRS. Changes in MDS-UPDRS and UDysRS confirm that LCIG treatment can efficiently improve experiences of daily living in advanced PD.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-86
Number of pages8
JournalParkinsonism and Related Disorders
Publication statusPublished - ápr. 1 2017

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Clinical Neurology

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