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Parkinson's Disease Diagnosis

(Also Known As: Parkinsons Disease Diagnosis, Parkinson’s Diagnosis, Shaking Palsy Diagnosis, Paralysis Agitans Diagnosis)

(Reviewed by: Paul Peterson, Licensed Therapist)

How is Parkinson’s disease diagnosed?

Today, there are still no specific blood or laboratory tests that have been proven to help diagnose PD. Hence, the diagnosis of this condition is still generally based on medical history, neurological examinations and manifestation of signs and symptoms indicative of Parkinson’s. Because the disease can be difficult to diagnose accurately, physicians may sometimes request brain scans or laboratory tests in order to rule out other diseases. 9

Since there is no specific test or marker for PD, the diagnosis of the disease will depend on the presence of at least two of the three major signs: tremor at rest, rigidity, and bradykinesia. Also, secondary causes such as antipsychotic medications or multiple small strokes in the regions of the brain controlling movement should not be an underlying factor of the said condition. 10

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