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Parkinson's Disease

Symptoms

05/20/1998

Question:

What are the early signs of Parkinson's disease?

Answer:

The early signs of Parkinson's disease include shaking (tremor), stiffness (rigidity), slowness (bradykinesia). One of the most common presentations is shaking of one or the other hand. Other patients may note a change in handwriting that becomes smaller and less legible. Others may drag one foot while walking or develop a shuffling gait.

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati