2013, Number 3
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ABSTRACTSurgical procedures on patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD) are common. These patients pose a greater risk for both motor and non-motor complications, mainly due to the improper management of Parkinson’s medications. The perioperative management of PD requires experience and above all appropriate planning. The lack of guidelines and the complications derived from performing surgery on Parkinson’s patients makes it necessary to establish a systematic approach. This review focuses on the preoperative, transoperative and postoperative management of Parkinson’s patients. The pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamics of antiparkinsonian drugs are described. Finally, apomorphine and rotigotine use are proposed as an alternative to levodopa.
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