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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

How is the disease diagnosed?

Diagnosis of Parkinson's disease begins with a medical history and physical exam. No single test can diagnose the disease. A cranial CT scan can appear normal in the early part of the disease. Brain shrinkage and damage will appear later. The healthcare provider may prescribe antiparkinsonian medications to see if the person's symptoms respond to medication. A positive response would support a diagnosis of Parkinson's disease.

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Parkinson's Disease: Prevention & Expectations

Author: Thomas Fisher, MD
Reviewer: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
Date Reviewed: 04/02/01

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