Punding prevalence in Parkinson's disease

Mov Disord. 2007 Jun 15;22(8):1179-81. doi: 10.1002/mds.21296.


The purpose of this study was to determine punding prevalence in an ambulatory Parkinson's disease (PD) population. We conducted a patient-and-caregiver-completed punding survey in 373 consecutive patients in an academic ambulatory center. Completion rate was 78%. Only four patients were identified as punding. Patients did not retain insight to their behavior. Forty patients with high-dose levodopa monotherapy or levodopa and dopamine agonist treatment had physician-administered interview. None had punding. Punding incidence was low in this patient group (1.4%) in contrast with previous reports of 14%. Despite the low incidence, this behavior is disruptive and should be carefully elicited by physicians caring for Parkinson's disease patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Antiparkinson Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Levodopa / therapeutic use*
  • Male
  • Parkinson Disease / drug therapy*
  • Parkinson Disease / epidemiology*
  • Prevalence
  • Psychomotor Disorders / epidemiology*


  • Antiparkinson Agents
  • Levodopa