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Duodopa, LCIG, nurse, Parkinson disease



  1. Lezzi, Pierluigi
  2. Lupo, Roberto
  3. Lezzi, Tania
  4. Vitale, Elsa


ABSTRACT: INTRODUCTION: Parkinson disease (PD) affects approximately 1% of women and men worldwide, particularly older than 60 years. It is a multisystem and neurodegenerative disease with genetics and environmental factors that result in deficits in the production of neurotransmitters, including dopamine. The levodopa-carbidopa intestinal gel (LCIG) system delivers a continuous infusion of levodopa directly into the proximal small intestine via percutaneous endoscopic jejunostomy, largely bypassing gastric emptying and absorption problems and producing more stable plasma concentrations of levodopa, eliminating the development of motor complications (dyskinesias). The aim of this review was to summarize scientific evidence on the nursing role that, together with the multidisciplinary team, made the patient's choice in this therapeutic path (pre-LCIG phase). METHODS: A literature review was carried out, conducted on the MEDLINE databases (through PubMed), The Cochrane Library, Google Scholar, and CINAHL (through EBSCO). Relevant articles for the topic were found to identify indexed primary studies that investigated the relationship between the nurse and the patient/caregiver with PD who undertakes treatment with LCIG according to Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses checklist. RESULTS: Nineteen studies were included in the review. The selected studies suggested how the pre-LCIG phase of patient choice and the subsequent education and training could avoid selection errors for these therapeutic paths. CONCLUSION: Trained and specialized nursing staff who carry out an adequate pre-LCIG phase associated to the multidisciplinary team improved the choice of the patient and the start of treatment and, consequently, the quality of life of PD patients.