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Parkinson's Disease

Diagnosis

04/25/1999

Question:

How is Parkinson`s Disease usually diagnosed?

Answer:

The diagnosis is based on clinical findings: the history as given by the patient and a neurological exam. An MRI scan can be useful to rule out other causes, but cannot rule in PD. PET scans can be useful in a research setting. The acid test is a good response to medications such as Sinemet. See the FAQ for more details.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati