Other Names for this Disease
- Paralysis agitans
- Parkinson's disease
- Primary parkinsonism
- Shaking palsy
Your QuestionAre there any diseases that have similar symptoms to Parkinson disease?
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- Postencephalitic parkinsonism
- Drug-induced parkinsonism
- Toxin-induced parkinsonism
- Arteriosclerotic parkinsonism
- Parkinsonism-dementia complex of Guam
- Post-traumatic parkinsonism
- Essential tremor
- Normal pressure hydrocephalus
- Progressive supranuclear palsy
- Corticobasal degeneration
- Multiple system atrophy
- Dementia with Lewy bodies
More information on each of these conditions is available in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) publication, Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research.
Parkinsonian symptoms may also appear in patients with other, clearly distinct neurological disorders such as Wilson disease, Huntington disease, Alzheimer disease, spinocerebellar ataxias, and Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Each of these disorders has specific features that help to distinguish them from Parkinson disease.
- Parkinson's Disease: Hope Through Research. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. September 30, 2011; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/parkinsons_disease/detail_parkinsons_disease.htm#127443159. Accessed 10/2/2011.