How are dysphagia, excessive sialorrhea, or nutrition issues managed in patients with Parkinson disease (PD)?

Updated: Jan 24, 2019
  • Author: Robert A Hauser, MD, MBA; Chief Editor: Selim R Benbadis, MD  more...
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A gastroenterologist and a speech therapist may be needed to evaluate dysphagia, a common complication in patients with more advanced Parkinson disease. Excessive sialorrhea can be treated with botulinum toxin injections into the salivary glands, usually administered by neurologists or otolaryngologists. In some patients, a gastrostomy may be needed to maintain adequate nutrition.


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