Differential diagnosis of Parkinson's disease

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The differential diagnosis of PD includes other neurodegenerative disorders; hereditary disorders; and symptomatic causes, such as structural lesions, infections, metabolic abnormalities, hydrocephalus, and drugs or toxins. A good history of symptom evaluation, drug use, and family illness is just as essential as a careful neurologic examination when evaluating a patient with parkinsonism. Although there is no definitive diagnostic test for PD at this time, tests to rule out other causes should be considered and then treatment started.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-367
Number of pages19
JournalMedical Clinics of North America
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1999

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  • General Medicine


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