Pramipexole-induced antecollis in Parkinson's disease

ArticleinJournal of the Neurological Sciences 264(1-2):195-7 · February 2008with23 Reads
Impact Factor: 2.47 · DOI: 10.1016/j.jns.2007.08.008 · Source: PubMed


    We report a case of antecollis, or dropped head with Parkinson's disease (PD) induced by pramipexole, a nonergot dopamine agonist. An 80-year-old woman presented with progressively severe neck flexion, which developed within a few weeks of taking pramipexole at 3 mg/day. She had a disturbed gait and complained of difficulty in daily activity because of restricted visual field and severe stooped posture. Surface EMG showed disproportionate tonus of the neck muscles but needle EMG of the neck muscles was normal. Withdrawal of pramipexole resulted in immediate improvement; the patient could keep the head in natural position and walk normally. Pramipexole-induced antecollis may be serious, but is a reversible dystonia in patients with PD. Clinicians should be aware of such complication.