Rheumatology International

, Volume 30, Issue 11, pp 1493–1497

Rheumatoid-like deformities in Parkinson’s disease with 1-year follow-up: case report and literature review

Case Report

DOI: 10.1007/s00296-009-1094-1

Cite this article as:
Shu, X., Wang, G., Lu, X. et al. Rheumatol Int (2010) 30: 1493. doi:10.1007/s00296-009-1094-1


Rheumatoid-like deformities in joints are uncommon in patients with Parkinson’s disease and easy to be misdiagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. Therefore, unnecessary treatment is often initiated. Here, we report a case of a 60-year-old woman with Parkinson’s disease developing a rheumatoid-like joint deformities, and evaluate 1-year follow-up outcome. We also review the literature and discuss the clinical characteristics, possible pathogenesis, and treatment strategy of these cases.


Rheumatoid-like deformitiesParkinson’s diseaseRheumatoid arthritisLevodopa

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Graduate School, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Peking Union Medical CollegeBeijingChina
  2. 2.Department of RheumatologyChina-Japan Friendship HospitalBeijingChina