Journal article

The challenge of Parkinson's disease

AH Evans

Medicine Today | Published : 2009

Abstract

• Parkinson's disease is the second most common nerodegenerative condition in Australia. • There is no realible diagnostic test that can distinguish Parkinson's disease from other conditions with similar presentations. • The motor symptons of Parkinson's disease are the easiest to treat with dopaminergic drug therapies. • The wearing-off effect and dyskinesies are complications associated with dopaminergic drug therapies. • The nonmotor symptons of Parkinson's disease typically respond less well to dopaminergic drug therapies and often progress to overshadow the motor symptons. • Surgical therapy for Parkinson's disease involves deep brain stimulation, which has been found to be an effective..

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