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Thursday, June 20, 2013
Where to begin
if i suspect my 82 yr old father may have parkinson`s with whom do i consult? I have already mentioned this to his internist-- he said he could begin sinement-- should i suggest seeing a neurologist for a more definitive diagnosis or try the medication?
Many Internists are experienced with diagnosis and care of early PD. The decision for referral to a neurologist or a Movement Disorder Specialist (a neurologist who specializes in PD and related diseases) should be openly discussed with the Internist if, as the patient or family member, there is a question of the diagnosis or if that referral would provide more of a sense of comfort. Open communication between the patient and the internist will provide the best guidance for this issue.
Karen M Thomas, DO
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University