Though dizziness and vertigo have been commonly reported in the setting of Parkinson’s disease (PD), the diagnosis may be missed and treatment may not be optimal. The terms dizziness and vertigo can be defined in many ways. Most experts agree that the terms refer to a sensation of spinning or whirling and that the sensation has been frequently associated with balance problems.
W. Lawrence Severt, M.D., Ph.D. , Attending Neurologist, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center
- Appreciate non-motor and non-traditional symptoms of PD
- Appreciate variability of presentations among patients and guide therapy to most bothersome symptoms
- Recognize pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatments for these symptoms
- Review recent changes in the management of Parkinson disease
Researchers have found that people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) have lower levels of a certain protein in their blood than people with similar diseases. The results suggest that testing for the protein might help doctors to accurately differentiate between PD and similar diseases early on. The study appears in the February 8 online edition of Neurology.
Using a new technology, researchers were able to detect trace amounts of toxic alpha-synuclein protein in the cerebrospinal fluid of people with Parkinson’s disease (PD), but not in people without PD. Furthermore, the amount of the protein increased with severity of PD. The results, published in the December 5 online edition of JAMA Neurology, suggest that the technique could be developed as a test to diagnose and monitor Parkinson’s disease.
Previous What’s Hot blogs have addressed the promise and challenge of developing biomarkers for Parkinson’s disease (PD). Several groups of researchers have been working on blood and imaging biomarkers to provide more information on Parkinson’s: diagnosis, prediction, monitoring and methods to measure progression. In this month’s What’s Hot blog, we examine a new approach that utilizes a urine sample to detect the presence of Parkinson’s disease activity.
Article written by Jackie Hunt Christensen.
Getting past the distress of those three words, "You have Parkinson's" can be tough. At this point, you may be saying to yourself, "I am not sure if I can handle all the challenges I am facing."
A relatively simple breath test may one day be able to help diagnose Parkinson’s disease (PD) and distinguish the disease from other disorders with similar symptoms, according to a study published in the February issue of Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.