HOW DOCTORS DIAGNOSE PARKINSON’S
It may come as a surprise, but there is no test to
confirm whether or not a person has PD.
PD is a clinical diagnosis and most of the time,
the neurologist orders brain scans and blood
tests to rule out any other medical conditions,
which may have symptoms similar to PD. So, a
neurologist will make the diagnosis based on:
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• A detailed medical history and physical
• A detailed history of current and past medications, to make sure a patient is not taking
medications that can cause symptoms similar to PD.
• A detailed neurological examination during which a neurologist will ask a patient to
perform tasks to assess the agility of arms and legs, muscle tone, gait and balance.
• A patient’s response to medications (that imitate or stimulate the production of
dopamine) causing a significant improvement in symptoms is how the diagnosis of PD
is made clinically.
Source: National Parkinson’s Foundation
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