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Parkinson's Disease

 
 
     
 
 

 
 
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Keywords

Parkinson's Disease, muscle control, brain, tremor, shaking, movements, bmbody, nerve system

Overview *

Parkinson's disease is a disorder that affects nerve cells, or neurons, in a part of the brain that controls muscle movement. In Parkinson's, neurons that make a chemical called dopamine die or do not work properly. Dopamine normally sends signals that help coordinate your movements. No one knows what damages these cells.

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease may include:
- Trembling of hands, arms, legs, jaw and face
- Stiffness of the arms, legs and trunk
- Slowness of movement
- Poor balance and coordination

As symptoms get worse, people with the disease may have trouble walking, talking or doing simple tasks. They may also have problems such as depression, sleep problems or trouble chewing, swallowing or speaking.

Parkinson's usually begins around age 60, but it can start earlier. It is more common in men than in women. There is no cure for Parkinson's disease. A variety of medicines sometimes help symptoms dramatically.

 
 

In-Depth

Introduction | Anatomy
Symptoms | Treatment
Summary

 
 

Multimedia

This patient education program will help you understand Parkinson's Disease and the various treatment options. The program covers anatomy symptoms and causes.

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout This button starts a multimedia program with interactive questions

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout

This button starts a multimedia program with interactive questions

This button allows you to read and print an illustrated handout.

This button starts a multimedia program with interactive questions.

   
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Last reviewed: 3/26/2008

 
     
 

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