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Fatigue in Parkinson's disease: a nine-year follow-up

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  • J.H. Friedman MD,

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    1. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Brown University Medical School, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
    • Dept. of Clinical Neurosciences, Brown University Medical School, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, RI 20860
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  • H. Friedman MA

    1. Department of Clinical Neurosciences, Brown University Medical School, Memorial Hospital of Rhode Island, Pawtucket, Rhode Island
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Abstract

Fatigue affects about 50% of Parkinson's disease (PD) patients and is frequently one of its most disabling aspects. It does not correlate with disease severity or duration but does correlate with depression. Fatigue and depression are distinct symptoms and fatigue often fails to respond to antidepressants. The natural history of fatigue in PD is unknown, as no longitudinal studies have been published. This report describes the follow-up of subjects from our original study performed 9 years ago. Fatigue was a persistent problem for our subjects. © 2001 Movement Disorder Society.

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