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john14505

can parkinsonism also be parkinson disease

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I looked up the definition awhile ago .It said parkinsonism is roughly three groups.One is primary meaning hereditary,idopathic meaning parkinson disease,and atypical for all the other parkinson look alikes.

has anyone come accross in there travels  unraveling the diagnosis.This came about because i was diagnosed for the disease but also parkinsonism.

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Good question, I have inquired as well. The responses I've received are as clear as mud....

 

Sorry, maybe someone else has a clearer understanding.

 

Karen

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My understanding of this is that Parkinsons is the idiopathic type. Parkinsonism refers to all the variants and is sometimes used by the MDS when it is unclear which type the patient has. In my own case, I was first diagnosed with Parkinsons, a year later she

changed it to Parkinsonism because I was having some symptoms that were pointing toward an atypical type. After some time passed, sheis now convinced that it is Parkinsons. Someone correct me if I don't have this right.

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Parkinsonism is a term that refers to Parkinson symptoms.  If the symptoms are caused by a diminished level of dopamine in the substantia nigra, then the Parkinsonism is being caused by Parkinson's disease.  If the symptoms are not caused by the diminished level of dopamine in the substantia nigra, then the Parkinsonism is caused by something else, like medications, etc.

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