Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports

, Volume 11, Issue 4, pp 379–384

Gastrointestinal Features of Parkinson’s Disease


DOI: 10.1007/s11910-011-0204-0

Cite this article as:
Cloud, L.J. & Greene, J.G. Curr Neurol Neurosci Rep (2011) 11: 379. doi:10.1007/s11910-011-0204-0


Gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms are among the most common nonmotor manifestations of Parkinson’s disease (PD), and they have many important ramifications for patients. The purpose of this review is to raise awareness of the full spectrum of GI symptoms in PD which include weight loss, sialorrhea, dysphagia, nausea, constipation, and defecatory dysfunction. We will discuss their practical significance, and outline a clear approach to their evaluation and management. A brief discussion about the impacts of commonly used medical and surgical PD therapies on GI symptom manifestation is also included.


GastrointestinalNonmotor symptomsParkinson’s diseaseWeight lossSialorrheaDysphagiaAspirationGastroparesisNauseaVomitingBloatingRefluxEarly satietyConstipationDefecatory dysfunctionLaxativesGlycopyrrolateAtropineIpratropium bromideBotulinum toxinPolyethylene glycolPsylliumDomperidoneApomorphine

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Emory UniversityAtlantaUSA
  2. 2.505H Whitehead Biomedical Research BuildingEmory UniversityAtlantaUSA