A junior neurologist thought I should have a a spinal scan and mentioned Parkinsons disease after which the head of neurology at my local hospital told me that the result showed that I did not have a problem and probably have benign familial tremor. Lately I have heard from a friend that early Parkinsons disease cannot be identified
Yes, they do spinal scan, also PET Scan also a DaTscans are used to rule out specific other problems. Everything say's a examination also a Physician can give substantial dose of a dopamine agonist such as Carbidopa-Levodopa Parkinson Medications and if there is significant response to it then it is Parkinson's Disease. There are no lab test to say it is. I find it odd it is a disease that is hard to detect. Anyone in family have it. To rule it out a physician would give you a substantial dose of one or both and if you have no response to the medications that should rule it out. I can check on Familial tremor. pg763567 Hope this helps. It would not be as painful as the test. It just says an examination and then given a large dose of the dopamine agonist medications. to see it it helps or does not.
No, there are no standard diagnostic tests for Parkinson’s, so the diagnosis rests on the clinical information provided by the patient and the findings of the neurological exam. Also, if a patient's symptoms improve after taking a Parkinson's medication, the diagnosis is probably Parkinsons.
Researchers are working to develop an accurate “biological marker,” such as a blood test or an imaging scan. To date the best way to diagnose Parkinsons is by using specialized brain scanning techniques that can measure the dopamine system and brain metabolism. But these tests are performed only in specialized imaging centers and can be very expensive.
For more information see: https://www.drugs.com/mcd/parkinson-s-disease
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