Peter Hibberd, M.D., is a doctor whose advice is based on more than 28 years of hospital outpatient and inpatient experience. He is an experienced emergency medicine physician, surgeon, and consultant. Dr. Hibberd is certified by the American Board of Emergency Medicine. He is also a fellow and active member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, an active member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, and a member and fellow of the American Academy of Emergency Medicine. Dr. Hibberd has earned numerous national and international professional certifications, memberships, and awards.
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How is Parkinson's Diagnosed?

By Peter Hibberd, M.D.   |   Tuesday, 08 Oct 2013 09:41 AM

Question: Is there a test for Parkinson’s disease?

Dr. Hibberd's answer:
 
There is no blood test for Parkinson's disease (yet). The diagnosis remains a clinical one based on symptoms assessed during a doctor's evaluation, sometimes along with an MRI to examine changes in the brain.  

There are neuropsychological tests available that can be helpful in some cases. Therapies are improving by leaps and bounds and stem cell therapies appear promising.
 
If you think you have Parkinson's, see your doctor for review. If you have any questions, ask for a referral to a neurologist.

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