Gender distribution in surgery for Parkinson's disease.
2000 (English)In: Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, ISSN 1353-8020, E-ISSN 1873-5126, Vol. 6, no 3, 155-157 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Parkinson's disease (PD) affects both women and men. The surgical treatment of this disease has experienced a worldwide increase since the mid-eighties. In order to document eventual differences in gender distribution of patients undergoing various stereotactic surgical procedures for PD, we reviewed scientific papers published during the last 14years.A literature search provided 145 clinical papers, published between January 1985 and February 1999, and dealing with pallidotomy, thalamotomy and deep brain stimulation procedures. These papers were scrutinised with respect to redundancies or other overlap of reported patients. The resulting numbers of patients were compiled according to gender, to surgical procedure, and to geographic area of origin of the publishing centers.In one third of the reviewed publications the gender of the patients was not specified. In the remaining papers, the overall sex distribution of patients who underwent surgery was 35% females and 65% males. These proportions between sexes were relatively consistent regardless of surgical procedure, and regardless of geographic origin of the publications.Male preponderance in patients undergoing surgery for PD cannot be explained by a corresponding difference in gender-prevalence of the disease. The criteria of selection, and patterns of referral, of patients for surgery, as well as the respective attitude of female and male patients toward surgery, may account for the uneven gender distribution in surgical PD patients.
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2000. Vol. 6, no 3, 155-157 p.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-46478DOI: 10.1016/S1353-8020(00)00009-2PubMedID: 10817954OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-46478DiVA: diva2:438509