Objective: The primary aim was to investigate the prevalence of OT and OM in PD patients treated at Siriraj hospital. The secondary aim was to compare clinical characteristics and quality of life of the PD patients diagnosed with or without OT or OM.
Background: Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a common movement disorder in which the patients usually have gait and instability problems. Orthostatic tremor (OT) and orthostatic myoclonus (OM) can occur in PD and contribute to these problems. However, there have been no studies on the prevalence of OT and OM in PD patients.
Method: We performed a prospective cross-sectional study including patients who attended Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders clinic at Siriraj hospital, Thailand from August 2022 to January 2023. To investigate the prevalence of OT and OM in PD patients, all participants were assessed using surface electromyography. Baseline characteristics, clinical characteristics, and quality of life were collected and then compared between groups for secondary outcomes.
Results: This study included 105 patients. The prevalence of OT and OM among PD patients was 5.7% (6 out of 105 patients) and 17.1% (18 out of 105 patients), respectively. Age, modified Hoehn and Yahr stage, and UPDRS part 3.4b had statistically significant differences between normal and OT/OM groups.
Conclusion: This is the first study aimed to address prevalence of OT and OM in PD patients. Surprisingly, they are not uncommon.These current results may raise awareness of identifying OT and OM in PD patients. A larger sample size, pathophysiology, clinical follow-up, and optimal treatment are needed to perform in further research in the future.
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To cite this abstract in AMA style:P. Kiatsermsakul, Y. Pitakpatapee, W. Saengphatarachai, K. Boonyapisit, P. Srivanitchapoom. Prevalence, clinical characteristics, and quality of life of orthostatic tremor and orthostatic myoclonus in Thai patients with Parkinson’s disease: Prospective cross-sectional study [abstract]. Mov Disord. 2023; 38 (suppl 1). https://www.mdsabstracts.org/abstract/prevalence-clinical-characteristics-and-quality-of-life-of-orthostatic-tremor-and-orthostatic-myoclonus-in-thai-patients-with-parkinsons-disease-prospective-cross-sectional-study/. Accessed September 23, 2023.
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