Early parkinson's detection

lee lee at xmission.xmission.com
Fri Apr 28 19:31:13 EST 1995

I have some questions about Parkinson's disease, both for personal and 
family reasons.  Apparently, for many years before a patient manifests 
clinically-detectable symptoms, there are frequently complaints (general 
loss of fine-motor coordination, non-specific chest pains, etc.) which go 
undiagnosed and continue to worsen until the clinical symptoms (e.g. 
shaking) appear.  Is there any reason to believe that a patient with 
preclinical complaints might respond favorably to L-Dopa, as a 
nonexpensive and early probe for dopaminergic dysfunction?

Any thoughts are appreciated.


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