What is Parkinson’s and diagnosis?

What is Parkinson’s?

Parkinson’s is a progressive neurological condition which can be explained following:

Parkinson’s begins slowly, develop gradually, however it develops in no particular order.

Early Parkinson’s symptoms often shows the feeling of tiredness and weakness. Others may include poor hand co-ordination, problems with handwriting, and a sensation of tremor (shaking) in the arm.

Over time, Parkinson’s are more and more severer, affect on mental health.

Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over but younger people can get it too. One in 20 is under the age of 40.

People with Parkinson’s don’t have enough of a chemical called dopamine because some nerve cells in their brain have died.

Typical symptoms

  • They tremble involuntarily (tremor)
  • They find their muscles become rigid and stiff, and they lose their ability to make rapid, spontaneous movements.
  • They walk in a recognizable manner, with a typical gait in which the body is bent or flexed.
  • They may have difficulty maintaining their balance.

Diagnosis of Parkinsons

Often, Parkinson’s is tested by the Neurologic Examination to evaluate a patient with a movement disorder. At the same time, the doctor takes a medical history and performs a physical examination.

The doctor asks the patient and the family members or friends about symptoms and observes the patient, asking him or her to walk around the room, sit down, stand up, turn around, and so on.

The neurologic exam is a thorough evaluation of the nervous system. In particular, the neurologist observes aspects of the patient’s movement, coordination and balance.

Diagnostic Tests

Unfortunately till now, there is no diagnostic test that can confirm Parkinson’s disease. Laboratory testing of the blood of patients with the symptoms typical of Parkinson’s only rarely uncovers any abnormality.

Electroencephalograms (EEGs) record some aspects of brain electrical activity, but they are not effective in spotting Parkinson’s.

The MRI and CAT scans of the brain produce remarkable and exquisite anatomic pictures.

The MRI and CAT scans of the brain of people with Parkinson’s disease appear normal. The brain of people with Parkinson’s disease appears normal.

Depending on the clinical diagnosis results to decide a right treatment for every progress of Parkinson’s.


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