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Diseases

Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD)

Parkinson disease

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* Not a rare disease

Other Names for this Disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Paralysis agitans
  • Shaking palsy
  • Primary parkinsonism
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Tests & Diagnosis

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How is Parkinson disease diagnosed?

There are currently no blood or laboratory tests that have been proven to help diagnose sporadic cases of Parkinson disease. The diagnosis is generally made after careful evaluation of medical history, current symptoms, and exclusion of other conditions.[1] The clinical findings of tremor, rigidity, and bradykinesia are highly suggestive of Parkinson disease. The genetic cause of some forms of Parkinson disease has been identified. In those cases, genetic testing may be utilized to identify affected family members.[2]
Last updated: 10/3/2011

References
  1. 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.
  2. Pankratz ND, Wojcieszek J, Foroud T. Parkinson Disease Overview. GeneReviews. July 9, 2009; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1223/. Accessed 10/3/2011.


Other Names for this Disease
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Paralysis agitans
  • Shaking palsy
  • Primary parkinsonism
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.