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Botulinum toxin for foot dystonia in patients with Parkinson’s disease having deep brain stimulation: A case series and a pilot study

Anupam Datta Gupta, Renuka Visvanathan
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, 28 Woodville Road, Woodville South, 5011, South Australia. E-mail: adattagupta86@gmail.com
DOI: 10.2340/16501977-2094

Abstract

Background: Six patients with Parkinson’s disease with deep brain stimulation who were experiencing disabling foot dystonia were referred to the spasticity clinic for a trial of botulinum toxin. The foot and ankle muscles were injected with onabotulinum toxin (Botox) to determine the effects on foot dystonia, pain and lower limb functional outcomes.
Design: Case series.
Subjects/patients: Six patients with Parkinson’s disease with deep brain stimulation experiencing disabling foot dystonia.
Methods: Dystonic foot and ankle muscles were identified and injected with 250–400 units botulinum toxin and re-coded pre- and 3 weeks post-injection with the Burke Fahn Marsden Dystonia score, visual analogue score of pain, Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS) – lower limb score, Timed up and Go test (TUG), 6-Minute Walk Test (6MWT), gait velocity, cadence in an instrumented walkway, and Goal Attainment Scale (GAS).
Results: Three weeks after botulinum toxin injection, significant improvements were noted in dystonia, pain, UPDRS, 6MWT, gait velocity, and cadence. Five out of 6 patients improved on the TUG test. Patients also reported improvements in their GAS goals.
Conclusion: Botox injection significantly improved foot dystonia, pain and lower limb functional outcomes in patients with Parkinson’s disease with deep brain stimulation.

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