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Constipation and Gastrointestinal Issues in PD

Best Publications

"Constipation & Parkinson's Disease" by Robert S. Jenco, PharmD and Mary L. Wagner, PharmD
American Parkinson Disease Association, September 2010
Six-page educational supplement addresses causes of constipation, exercise and physical activity, dietary habits, medication that can cause or worsen constipation, change in lifestyle, and medication to treat constipation.

"Gastrointestinal and Urinary Dysfunction in PD" by Dr. Ronald Pfeiffer
Parkinson's Disease Foundation Newsletter, Spring 2007
Discusses dental problems and saliva, dysphagia, stomach problems, bowel dysfunction, bladder and urinary difficulties as they relate to Parkinson's Disease, as well as possible treatments for each issue.

"Looking After Your Bladder and Bowels When You Have Parkinson's"
Published by Parkinson's Disease Society of the United Kingdom, 2011
35-page booklet covers bladder and bowel problems, how they can be treated and who to contact for professional advice. Also gives practical tips on what you can do to make living with bladder and bowel problems easier. Available in PDF or Word.

Best Online Resources

"Constipation in Parkinson's Disease"
Posted on National Parkinson Foundation's Ask the Doctor Forum, June 12, 2011
Short forum post, authored by Janis Miyasaki, a Toronto PD specialist, explains possible consequences of not treating constipation in Parkinson's Disease and offers the latest self-help advice before bringing the problem to your physician.

Best Online Video

August 2014 note: this terrific resource is currently unavailable. We hope that the link gets fixed soon.
"Managing GI Issues in Parkinson's Disease"
Presentation by Ronald F. Pfeiffer, MD at the Midwest Parkinson Disease Conference & Young Onset Parkinson Conference, June 2011
This one-hour presentation on GI issues is the second item in the Table of Contents of this six-hour webinar. Dr. Pfeiffer, a neurologist, addresses bowel dysfunction and constipation at 01:54:54. Other topic he addresses include the causes, diagnosis and treatment for weight loss, excessive saliva, swallowing, and nausea.



This list of resources was compiled by Denise Dagan and Robin Riddle for the Stanford APDA I&RC in April 2012.

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