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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 23  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 24-27

The challenge of managing parkinson's disease patients during the COVID-19 pandemic

Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi, India

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Rajinder K Dhamija
Department of Neurology, Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/aian.AIAN_295_20

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The 2019 novel coronavirus (nCoV) pandemic is rapidly developing across the globe and new information is emerging expeditiously and constantly, particularly in relation to neurological illnesses. Both central and peripheral nervous system involvement has been reported including headache, dizziness, hyposmia/anosmia, taste disturbances, seizures, stroke, alteration of the sensorium, and even acute hemorrhagic necrotizing leukoencephalopathy. Varying degrees of olfactory disturbances may pre-empt the diagnosis of COVID-19. Although no direct effect of 2019 nCoV has been reported yet on Parkinson's disease, there are enormous possible indirect effects and implications. We examine the potential effects and challenges posed by this pandemic to individuals with Parkinson's disease, particularly in the Indian context where telecommunication access or support group access may be lacking for these patients. Additionally, lockdown and social distancing may pose hurdles in the provision of optimum medical therapy, particularly if patients experience motor and non-motor deteriorations due to diverse reasons.

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