Episode 24: Anesthesia Management for Parkinson’s Disease




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Episode Summary

Today we dive into a discussion about Parkinson’s disease. We talk about what causes this disease, how it’s medically and pharmacologically managed, and most important for CRNAs… what is the best evidence for taking care of patients who have Parkinson’s disease. There’s no doubt that you will provide anesthesia for these patients at some point and we want to help you, so sharpen those pencils and get ready to take some notes!          


What You'll Learn

  • Determine the difference between Parkinson’s disease and Parkinsonism.
  • Examine how Parkinson’s disease is pharmacologically managed.
  • Discuss how Parkinson’s disease is non-pharmacologically and surgically managed.
  • Determine evidence-based practices for the perianesthetic management of Parkinson’s disease.
  • Review the potential drug interactions and critical events that could occur during the anesthetic management of a patient with Parkinson’s disease.


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Recommended Resources

    1. Shaikh SI, Verma H. Parkinson's disease and anaesthesia. Indian J Anaesth. 2011;55(3):228-234. 
    2. Lee, L. A., & Meyer, T. A. (2015, October). Anesthetic Drugs May Interact with Medications Used for Parkinson’s Disease. Retrieved from
    3. Rodriguez, T. (2019, February 6). Anesthesia in Parkinson Disease Requires Cautious Care. Retrieved 
    4. Hocker S, Kenney DL, Ramar K. Parkinsonism-hyperpyrexia syndrome: Broadening our differential diagnosis in the ICU. Neurol Clin Pract. 2013;3(6):535-538. 
    5. Lee LA, and Meyer TA. Anesthetic drugs may interact with medications used for Parkinson’s disease. Anesthesia Patient Safety Foundation Newsletter. Volume 30, No. 2. 17-44.  

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Podcast music by Eino Toivanen, kongano.com


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