Usually, the outward symptoms of Parkinson's are distinctive enough for a doctor to make a diagnosis in the office. There is no blood test or brain scan that confirms the diagnosis. But if you don't respond to the drugs used to treat Parkinson's disease, it’s possible you may have another type of movement disorder that causes the same type of symptoms. Doing additional tests can help your doctor determine if some other problem is causing your parkinsonian symptoms.
People who have
very advanced Parkinson's or who have other serious problems (such as
heart or lung disease, cancer, or kidney failure) usually aren't good
candidates for surgery. Surgery usually isn't considered for people who have
dementia or psychiatric disorders.
Deep brain stimulation uses electrical impulses to stimulate a target area in the brain. It's
the preferred surgery for treating most cases of advanced Parkinson's.
the precise destruction of a very small area in a deep part of the brain that
the precise destruction of a very small area in another part of the brain that
Neurotransplantation is an experimental procedure being studied for the treatment of
Parkinson's disease. It involves implanting cells that produce dopamine into
the brain. Information about how well neurotransplantation works is
limited. And it is not a proven treatment or a realistic option for most people
at this time.
See a neurologist
A neurologist with special
training in Parkinson's disease is most often the best kind of doctor to make a
decision about surgery. If you might benefit from surgery or deep brain
stimulation, your neurologist can refer you to a brain surgeon with experience
doing these operations.
WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
December 05, 2012
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