Posted by: Sarah | 2009/05/12

Parkinsons Disease.

Hi, I would like to know if there is an early warning test for parkinsons. The onset of symptoms is so gradual that you might discount them as muscular twitches. The reason I would like to know is: My grandfather (mother' s side) had it. His sister (mothers aunt) has it. My aunt (Mother' s sister) has it. I can not offer medical history on my mother as she died in her early forties. I seem to have an overwhelming occurance of it on one side of my family, and am not at all convinced about online info which points to it not being a genetic problem. Thanks, Sarah

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Hallo Sarah
No, there aren't tests for Parkinsons, it is diagnosis made on clinical examination
One would anyway delay treating it until it is really influencing your day to day life, as most people develop a kind of resistance against the drugs eventually.
Dr Bets

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