Webinar: The What, When, Why, and How of Treating and Managing Parkinson’s Dyskinesia

With Dr. Irene Malaty

This webinar was recorded live on October 22, 2020.

Dyskinesia is an uncontrolled, involuntary muscle movement. Although it can be a stand-alone condition, in people with Parkinson’s, it is most often associated with long-term use of levodopa. Common symptoms of Parkinson’s dyskinesia include writhing or wriggling, fidgeting, rocking, and head bobbing. 

When it comes to the prevalence of levodopa-induced dyskinesia (LID), the reporting incidence varies anywhere from 3-94% and depends on age at onset, disease duration, severity, and duration of levodopa therapy. 

In this webinar, Dr. Malaty answered the following: 

  • What is Parkinson’s dyskinesia? 
  • What causes it? 
  • How does it differ from rest tremor in Parkinson’s or essential tremor? 
  • What are the different types of dyskinesia?  
  • Is dyskinesia painful? 
  • What are common treatments for dyskinesia? 
  • Are there any non-pharmacological or complementary therapies that can minimize dyskinesia? 
  • Is dyskinesia inevitable? 
  • And many more! 
Irene Malaty (2)

Your Instructor for the Webinar

Dr. Irene Malaty completed medical school at Indiana University School of Medicine before completing neurology residency and movement disorders fellowship at the University of Florida. She devotes her practice to clinical care, research, and education across the movement disorders spectrum. She specializes in the care of Parkinson disease (PD) and is director of a Parkinson Foundation Center of Excellence at UF. She also specializes in Tourette syndrome (TS) in patients of all ages and is director of the Tourette Association of America Center of Excellence at UF. Additionally, she has an active botulinum toxin injection practice treating diverse neurological disorders. Across these key components of her specialty, she takes time to care for individuals with complex motor and non-motor symptoms in a comprehensive manner.

Dr. Malaty has been awarded several teaching awards including University of Florida College of Medicine Exemplary Teacher award and the Clinical Educator of the Year award. She has also been recognized for her expert clinical care with a University of Florida College of Medicine Clinical Outpatient Excellence Award.  

Dr. Malaty is a primary investigator in several trials in movement disorders and helps direct the movement disorder trials at UF.  

In 2017, Dr. Malaty became the first female president of the Florida Society of Neurology. She aspires to advocate for improved care and education in neurological disorders through this role and in her national position on the movement disorders subsection of the American Academy of Neurology (AAN). She was selected for the inaugural class of the prestigious Women Leading in Neurology program of the AAN and will continue to devote time and effort to improving the lives of individuals living with neurological disorders. 

Panel Members

Dr. Soania Mathur, Moderator, Davis Phinney Foundation Board Member 

Amy Carlson, Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador 

Karen St. Clair, Parkinson’s Care Partner 

Cidney Donahoo, Davis Phinney Foundation Ambassador 

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