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Compulsive Singing Associated With a Dopamine Agonist in Parkinson Disease

Kataoka, Hiroshi MD, PhD; Ueno, Satoshi MD, PhD

Cognitive and Behavioral Neurology: June 2010 - Volume 23 - Issue 2 - p 140-141
doi: 10.1097/WNN.0b013e3181c12af2
Case Reports

Objective To describe a patient with Parkinson disease in whom compulsive singing developed without other types of pathologic behavior after starting treatment with pergolide.

Material An 82-year-old woman with Parkinson disease was given pergolide (250 μg/d), without modifying the doses of other medications.

Results She started to hum the same melody and often sang songs repeatedly. Pergolide was discontinued, and the episodes of repetitive humming and singing were markedly decreased.

Conclusions Our observations suggest that a dopamine agonist may contribute to compulsive singing in Parkinson disease.

Department of Neurology, Nara Medical University, Kashihara, Nara, Japan

Reprints: Hiroshi Kataoka, MD, PhD, Department of Neurology, Nara Medical University, 840 Shijo-cho, Kashihara, Nara 634-8522, Japan (e-mail:

Received for publication March 19, 2009

accepted September 13, 2009

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.