Parkinson’s disease is a neurologically degenerative disease that is caused by the selective loss of a small area of the brain where dopaminergic cells produce the neurotransmitter dopamine.
The loss of this neurotransmitter is results in the characteristic movements of a person with Parkinson’s disease.
Doctors diagnosis of Parkinson”s disease is often based on several different criteria and factors which include a physical examination, neurological examination and several different types of testing.
Because this disease is slowly progressive and affects thousands of people in each country around the world researchers continue to look for ways to prevent the disease and cure the disease. Symptoms usually appear in people over 50 and the risk of developing the disorder continues to rise each year after 50.
During a neurological examination the doctor will look for the symptoms that brought the patient to them in the first place. They will take a thorough medical history and medical examination. During the neurological aspect of the examination the physician will evaluate those aspects that are most frequently affected by Parkinson’s disease, namely coordination and balance.
Sometimes the physician will have a difficult time making a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease in the early stages. At this time it is diagnosed almost exclusively by the symptoms and physicians have a record of incorrect diagnosis between 8 and 35% of the time. Researchers are hopeful that simple blood or imaging tests will be available soon to help in the diagnosis.
Parkinson’s may be suspected if there is a slowness or difficulty in movement or when there is a tremor in one of their limbs when the limb is relaxed. This means that an arm may be relaxed but continuously shaking. Symptoms are almost always on one side of the body at first before they move to both sides (bilateral).
One way that physicians may test for Parkinson’s disease is to administer the drug Levodopa. In those patients who have Parkinson’s disease their symptoms will have a powerful and early response to the medication. Some patients who have multiple system atrophy will have the same response but it wont be sustained as it is in Parkinson’s disease.
Other tests that physicians have at their disposal are EEGs which record some aspect of brain activity but they arent effective in finding Parkinson’s disease. MRI and CT scans of the brain of people with Parkinson’s disease appear normal.
Symptoms of Parkinson’s disease usually appear full force when approximately 70-80% of the dopamenergic cells have died. These symptoms usually fluctuate from day to day and also in different situations and in response to different medications.
Some patients find that these symptoms are slow to develop while others become debilitated quickly. There isn’t any particular order to the appearance of the symptoms either.
Diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is difficult and stressful for the individual. Because there aren’t any specific tests that can rule this disease in or out the physician must rely on his skills and the progression of the disease. Today there are several medications and therapies that help to slow the progression of the disability and keep the patient as active as possible.
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