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How is Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosed?
There is no one specific laboratory test that can confirm a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease. If your doctor suspects Parkinson’s disease, he or she will likely order a combination of tests, exams, and treatments to rule out other sources of your symptoms and narrow in on a Parkinson’s disease diagnosis.
Diagnostic steps may include:
- Medical history interviews to look for a pattern of symptoms or risk factors
- Physical and neurological exams to identify specific symptoms. The doctor will especially look for evidence of slowed movement (bradykinesia).
- Blood or laboratory tests to rule out other possible causes of symptoms
- Imaging exams (MRI, CT, or PET scans) to rule out other disorders. These scans do not directly detect Parkinson’s disease
- SPECT imaging (DaTscan) exam. This scan looks at the level of dopamine in the brain and may be used in conjunction with other tests to see if the problem is more likely to be Parkinson’s disease.
- Administration of a medication called carbidopa-levodopa. If your symptoms respond to this medication, a diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease is likely.
PLEASE CONSULT A PHYSICIAN FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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