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Jabbari E, Orrell R. GPs should be vigilant for Parkinson’s disease. Practitioner September 2021;265(1851):11-15

GPs should be vigilant for Parkinson’s disease

25 Sep 2021Registered users

Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurodegenerative disease. Parkinsonism is defined as bradykinesia in combination with at least one of rest tremor or rigidity. Parkinson's disease is a clinical diagnosis. Examination should include gait and posture, decreased blink rate and a lack of spontaneous facial movements. Speech will be hypophonic. Evidence of a resting tremor should be sought and the patient assessed for joint rigidity and bradykinesia. After initial assessment, prompt referral to a neurologist is important to confirm the diagnosis and discuss management.

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