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Famous People Who Have or Had Parkinson's Disease

Synopsis: List of well known and famous people who have or did have Parkinson's disease.1

Author: Disabled World Contact: Disabled World (www.disabled-world.com)

Published: 2017-11-10 Updated: 2020-12-18

Key Points:

There are currently no blood or laboratory tests that have been proven to help in diagnosing PD.

Early signs and symptoms of PD may sometimes be dismissed as the effects of normal aging.

Main Digest

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that often impairs the sufferer's motor skills and speech.

Parkinson's disease belongs to a group of conditions called movement disorders. It is characterized by muscle rigidity, tremor, a slowing of physical movement and, in extreme cases, a loss of physical movement.

Estimated prevalence rates of depression vary widely according to the population sampled and methodology used. Reviews of depression estimate its occurrence in anywhere from 20-80% of cases.

There are currently no blood or laboratory tests that have been proven to help in diagnosing PD. Therefore the diagnosis is based on medical history and a neurological examination.

The disease can be difficult to diagnose accurately. Early signs and symptoms of PD may sometimes be dismissed as the effects of normal aging.

Parkinson's disease is a chronic disorder that requires broad-based management including patient and family education, support group services, general wellness maintenance, physiotherapy, exercise, and nutrition. At present, there is no cure for PD, but medications or surgery can provide relief from the symptoms.

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Cite Page: Journal: Disabled World. Language: English (U.S.). Author: Disabled World. Electronic Publication Date: 2017-11-10 - Revised: 2020-12-18. Title: Famous People Who Have or Had Parkinson's Disease, Source: <a href=https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/famous/pdd.php>Famous People Who Have or Had Parkinson's Disease</a>. Retrieved 2021-03-07, from https://www.disabled-world.com/disability/awareness/famous/pdd.php - Reference: DW#511-13105.