No specific test exists to diagnose Parkinson’s and it may take time to reach a diagnosis. It will generally be confirmed based on your medical history, a review of your signs and symptoms, and a neurological and physical examination.
Doctors may recommend regular follow-up appointments with neurologists trained in movement disorders to evaluate your condition and symptoms over time and diagnose Parkinson’s.
Research in Parkinson’s has made remarkable progress. There is very real hope that the causes, whether genetic or environmental, will be identified and the precise effects of these causes on brain function will be understood.
Researchers also continue developing new treatments for Parkinson’s that give real hope for people suffering with the condition. Some treatments currently being studied involve faecal cell transplantation, the use of stem cells, and gene therapy.
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