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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-35736

Benninger, D H; Michel, J; Waldvogel, D; Candia, V; Poryazova, R; van Hedel, H J A; Bassetti, C L (2010). REM sleep behavior disorder is not linked to postural instability and gait dysfunction in Parkinson. Movement Disorders, 25(11):1597-1604.

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To evaluate a potential association of REM-sleep behavior disorder (RBD) with gait and postural impairment in Parkinson's disease (PD). Gait difficulties and postural impairment are frequent in PD and are a major cause of disability. Animal studies indicate a key role of the pedunculopontine nucleus (PPN) in gait, postural control, and REM sleep, and also in the pathophysiology of RBD. In humans, such an association has not been investigated. Twenty-six patients with mild-to-moderate PD (13 with polysomnography confirmed and 13 with excluded RBD), and 20 age-matched healthy controls were prospectively investigated. Gait assessment on a treadmill, and static and dynamic posturography were performed. PD patients with RBD do not differ from those without RBD in gait and postural control. Greater severity of PD or prevalence of gait and postural disturbances in the presence of RBD were not found. RBD was not associated with any particular motor phenotype. We found no association of RBD with gait disturbances and postural impairment. Human gait and postural control and RBD appear to depend upon different neuronal circuits.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Children's Hospital Zurich > Medical Clinic
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Neurology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Date:August 2010
Deposited On:04 Nov 2010 13:03
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 14:14
Publisher DOI:10.1002/mds.23121
PubMed ID:20629146

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