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  1. Parkinson's Disease - Surgery

    Some surgeries for Parkinson's disease, such as pallidotomy and thalamotomy, are hardly performed anymore. Neurotransplantation is a Parkinson's disease surgery that is still experimental.

  2. Tremor - Treatment Overview

    Some tremors can be treated with medicine or surgery.A tremor caused by Parkinson's disease may get better if your Parkinson's disease is treated. Essential tremor is usually treated with medicine, such as:Primidone (for example, Mysoline).Propranolol (for example, Inderal).Essential tremor that doesn't get better with medicine may be treated with surgery, such as:Deep brain stimulation (DBS).Thalamotomy.

  3. Differences Between Essential Tremor and Parkinson's Disease - Topic Overview

    Essential tremor differs from the tremor caused by Parkinson's disease in the following ways: Essential tremor may affect the head and voice. Head tremor is uncommon in early Parkinson's disease. Essential tremor is almost always worse when the affected part of the body is in motion than when it is at rest. Tremor associated with Parkinson's disease generally decreases or disappears when the ...

  4. Parkinson's Disease and Depression - Topic Overview

    Depression is common in people who have Parkinson's disease. Sometimes it is caused by the disease itself. Or it can be caused by the distress that comes with having any long-term,disabling illness. Taking care of yourself emotionally is an important part of staying healthy. If you are feeling sad or depressed,ask a friend or family member for help. Think about what might be causing or ...

  5. Parkinson's Disease - When To Call a Doctor

    See your doctor if your Parkinson's disease symptoms or your response to your medication change significantly.

  6. Parkinson's Disease: Classification - Topic Overview

    Parkinson's disease and parkinsonism Parkinson's disease is named for Dr. James Parkinson,who in 1817 first described the features of this illness. Features of Parkinson's disease include tremor,slow movement (bradykinesia),and rigid muscles (rigidity). People with parkinsonism may have Parkinson's disease or another illness with similar symptoms. Other conditions and diseases that cause ...

  7. Pallidotomy (Posteroventral Pallidotomy) for Parkinson's Disease

    In Parkinson's disease, a part of the brain called the globus pallidus is overactive, which causes a decrease in the activity of a different part of the brain that controls movement.In a pallidotomy, the surgeon destroys a tiny part of the globus pallidus

  8. Parkinson's Disease: Other Symptoms - Topic Overview

    Most people know that Parkinson's disease is a condition that affects how you move. But the breakdown of nerve cells in Parkinson's disease can cause other symptoms. These other symptoms,also called "non-motor" symptoms,include: Constipation. This is a common problem,mostly related to the breakdown of the nerve cells that control involuntary body functions (the autonomic nervous system ). ...

  9. Thalamotomy for Parkinson's Disease

    Thalamotomy is the precise destruction of a tiny area of the brain called the thalamus that controls some involuntary movements.

  10. Parkinson's Disease - What Happens

    What happens to a person with Parkinson's disease may vary from person to person. Symptoms of Parkinson's disease typically begin appearing between the ages 50 and 60.

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