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What is Parkinson's Disease?

What is Parkinson's Disease?

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disease that severely affects the brain. Parkinson's disease results in the destruction ...more »

  • Parkinson's Disease: Degenerative brain condition characterised by tremor.
  • Parkinson's Disease: progressive, degenerative disorder of the nervous system characterized by tremors, rigidity, bradykinesia, postural instability, and gait abnormalities; caused by a loss of neurons and a decrease of dopamine in the basal ganglia.
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Parkinson's Disease: a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system characterized by tremor and impaired muscular coordination.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Parkinson's Disease: Introduction

Types of Parkinson's Disease:

Types of Parkinson's Disease:

Broader types of Parkinson's Disease:

How many people get Parkinson's Disease?

Prevalance of Parkinson's Disease: 1 million people (unreliable estimate)
Prevalance Rate of Parkinson's Disease: approx 1 in 272 or 0.37% or 1 million people in USA [about data]
Undiagnosed prevalence of Parkinson's Disease: estimated 3-4 million people
Undiagnosed prevalence rate of Parkinson's Disease: approx 1 in 90 or 1.10% or 3 million people in USA [about data]

Who gets Parkinson's Disease?

Patient Profile for Parkinson's Disease: Usually elderly adults

Profile for Parkinson's Disease: Most people are over 50 years old when the disease appears, although it can occur in younger patients. (Source: Genes and Disease by the National Center for Biotechnology)

How serious is Parkinson's Disease?

Prognosis of Parkinson's Disease: Chronic and progressive.
Complications of Parkinson's Disease: see complications of Parkinson's Disease
Prognosis of Parkinson's Disease: At present, there is no way to predict or prevent Parkinson's disease. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Parkinson's Disease Information Page: NINDS)
Deaths for Parkinson's Disease: 14,593 deaths reported in USA 1999 (NVSR Sep 2001)

What causes Parkinson's Disease?

Causes of Parkinson's Disease: see causes of Parkinson's Disease
Cause of Parkinson's Disease: Loss or failure of dopamine-producing brain cells
Risk factors for Parkinson's Disease: see risk factors for Parkinson's Disease

What are the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease?

Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease: see symptoms of Parkinson's Disease

Complications of Parkinson's Disease: see complications of Parkinson's Disease

Can anyone else get Parkinson's Disease?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson's Disease: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Parkinson's Disease.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Parkinson's Disease.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Parkinson's Disease: General practitioner, Primary care physician, Neurologist, Psychiatrist, Geriatrician, Psychologist, Neurosurgeon, Speech therapist, Occupation therapist, Behavioral psychologist, Neuropharmacologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Parkinson's Disease.
Treatments for Parkinson's Disease: see treatments for Parkinson's Disease
Alternative treatments for Parkinson's Disease: see alternative treatments for Parkinson's Disease
Research for Parkinson's Disease: see research for Parkinson's Disease

Society issues for Parkinson's Disease


Hospitalization statistics for Parkinson's Disease: The following are statistics from various sources about hospitalizations and Parkinson's Disease:

  • 0.12% (14,828) of hospital episodes were for parkinsonism and other extrapyramidal and movement disorders in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 78% of hospital consultations for parkinsonism and other extrapyramidal and movement disorders required hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 52% of hospital episodes for parkinsonism and other extrapyramidal and movement disorders were for men in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 48% of hospital episodes for parkinsonism and other extrapyramidal and movement disorders were for women in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
  • 45% of hospital admissions for parkinsonism and other extrapyramidal and movement disorders required emergency hospital admission in England 2002-03 (Hospital Episode Statistics, Department of Health, England, 2002-03)
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Organs Affected by Parkinson's Disease:

Organs and body systems related to Parkinson's Disease include:

Name and Aliases of Parkinson's Disease

Main name of condition: Parkinson's Disease

Other names or spellings for Parkinson's Disease:

Paralysis agitans Source - Diseases Database

Paralysis agitans, Parkinsonism, Parkinson's disease, Parkinson's syndrome, Parkinson's, Shaking palsy
Source - WordNet 2.1

Parkinson's Disease: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Parkinson's Disease:

 

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