MORTALITY AND CAUSES OF DEATH IN IDIOPATHIC PARKINSONS-DISEASE - RESULTS FROM THE ABERDEEN WHOLE POPULATION STUDY

K P EBMEIER, S A CALDER, John Robertson Crawford, L STEWART, J A O BESSON, William James Mutch

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Abstract

Two hundred and forty-nine patients with Parkinson's disease previously examined by Mutch et al 1,2 were followed up three and a half years after the original study. Cognitive impairment, age, some postural signs and symptoms of Parkinson's disease and high scores on the Hoehn and Yahr scale predicted premature death. Patients were more likely to die from respiratory infections than controls. Respiratory diseases as cause of death recorded on the death certificate were not related to kyphosis, posture scores or Hoehn and Yahr scores before death. The hypothesis is advanced that death of respiratory causes might be associated with signs of general autonomic dysregulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)173-175
Number of pages3
JournalScottish Medical Journal
Volume35
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1990

Keywords

  • IDIOPATHIC PARKINSONS DISEASE
  • MORTALITY
  • CAUSE OF DEATH
  • CONTROLLED STUDY
  • LEVODOPA

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EBMEIER, K. P., CALDER, S. A., Crawford, J. R., STEWART, L., BESSON, J. A. O., & Mutch, W. J. (1990). MORTALITY AND CAUSES OF DEATH IN IDIOPATHIC PARKINSONS-DISEASE - RESULTS FROM THE ABERDEEN WHOLE POPULATION STUDY. Scottish Medical Journal, 35(6), 173-175.