Early parkinson's detection
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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