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Is there a test for parkinsons and if so what's involved? No

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Is there a test for parkinsons and if so what's involved?
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: No I just started detecting the symtoms, my mom had it. I'm on diabetic meds and heart meds. I also take vitamin supliments
JA: What medications do you take daily? Are you allergic to any medications?
Customer: invokamet,and victoza for diabetes also losartan,atrovastatin.metoprolol,and an 80 mg a spririn
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: allergic to penacilian and sulfa (found that out the hard way)
Submitted: 9 days ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 9 days ago.

Hi there,

Unfortunately, the diagnosis usually based on clinical findings and no further testing needed to be done.

Let me type of some of the diagnostic criteria.

Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 9 days ago.

diagnostic criteria - bradykinesia with at least 1 of
-muscular rigidity (such as cogwheeling)
-resting tremor
-postural instability (unrelated to sensory dysfunction)

supportive criteria (≥ 3 required for diagnosis of definite Parkinson disease)
-unilateral onset
-resting tremor
-progression of syndrome
-persistent asymmetry most affecting side with onset
-excellent response (70%-100%) to levodopa (L-dopa)
-severe L-dopa induced chorea
-clinical response to L-dopa for ≥ 5 years
-clinical disease of ≥ 10 year duration
-visual hallucinations
-history of recurrent head injury
-history of repeated cerebrovascular events with stepwise progression of parkinsonian syndrome
-prior history of encephalitis
-oculogyric crises
-lack of clinical response to L-dopa replacement (large doses)
-onset of symptoms related to neuroleptic medication treatment

Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 9 days ago.

What other questions can I answer?

Expert:  Dr. Scott replied 8 days ago.

Hi there,

Is there anything else I can help you with today?

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