Postoperative and Postpartum Onset of Chronic Parkinsonism: Four Case Reports

  • Manish Ramani B. Movement Disorders Program, Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ 07901
  • Marcie Rabin L. Movement Disorders Program, Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ 07901
  • Roger Kurlan Movement Disorders Program, Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ 07901
Keywords: Parkinsonian disorders, Postoperative period, Postpartum period, Parkinson's disease secondary, Anesthesia

Abstract

Background: Certain environmental exposures have been linked to the development of parkinsonism. We report four cases in which the onset of chronic parkinsonism occurred immediately or soon after surgery or childbirth. Results: Exposure to certain anesthetic agents in susceptible individuals or the physiological changes associated with surgery or childbirth may have contributed to or precipitated the development of parkinsonism. Conclusion: Clinicians should be aware that postoperative or postpartum settings are potential precipitants of chronic parkinsonism.  More research is needed to clarify contributing factors.

Author Biography

Manish Ramani B., Movement Disorders Program, Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, Overlook Medical Center, Summit, NJ 07901

Dr.     Manish Ramani is a graduate of St. George’s University School of Medicine, Grenada, West Indies, Boston University School of Medicine in Boston, Massachusetts and Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He is a recipient of the Ruth and William Silen, M.D. Honorable Mention Award taking 4th Place out of 120 presenters for the best presentation of their poster at The New England Science Symposium at Harvard Medical School.

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Published
2014-01-18
How to Cite
Ramani B., M., Rabin L., M., & Kurlan, R. (2014). Postoperative and Postpartum Onset of Chronic Parkinsonism: Four Case Reports. International Journal of Medical Students, 2(1), 22-24. https://doi.org/10.5195/ijms.2014.71
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Case Report