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Diagnosis

Your doctor will examine you. He or she will pay extra attention to the neurological examination.

Your doctor will look for symptoms of PD, especially:

  • The classic PD tremor

  • Slowness of movement

  • Rigidity

  • Gait problems

There is no specific diagnostic procedure or laboratory test to establish a Parkinson's diagnosis. Doctors diagnose the disease based on the symptoms and physical and neurological exams.

If a patient's symptoms improve after taking PD medication, the diagnosis is probably correct.

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