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How Parkinson’s Can Increase Risk of Hospitalization From COVID-19


<< Back Add Parkinson’s disease to the list of health conditions that increase a person’s risk of hospitalization after contracting COVID-19, according to research from the Hartford HealthCare Chase Family Movement Disorders Center (CFMDC).

A team of researchers led by CFMDC Medical Director Dr. Joy Antonelle de Marcaida also found that patients with Parkinson’s and other movement disorders are more likely to have more severe outcomes than the general population if they get COVID-19, especially if they have concomitant dementia.

“While the COVID-19 pandemic has affected our work, our personal lives, our society . . . we had questions and concerns as to how this disease specifically affects the patients we care for,” said Dr. Jeffrey Lahrmann of CFMDC, part of Hartford HealthCare’s Ayer Neuroscience Institute .

The team wondered how patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders fared against the threat of COVID-19 as compared with other people. To find out, they dug into the medical records of their patients who contracted the virus from April to June 2020.

Their research revealed that: 36 CFMDC patients with a movement disorder – 22 had Parkinson’s but other diagnoses included Lewy Body Dementia, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy and Tourette’s Syndrome – tested positive for […]

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