Assessment of fractures in the years prior to Parkinson disease diagnosis

Takeaway

  • Fractures are more common among people with Parkinson disease (PD) versus control in the 5 years prior to PD diagnosis (prodromal period), and the association between fractures and PD strengthens as the diagnosis date approaches.

Why this matters

  • People with PD might experience unrecognized motor or non-motor symptoms in the years prior to diagnosis, leading to falls and fracture.

  • Awareness among physicians of the association between fracture and PD might facilitate earlier diagnosis and treatment of PD.