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Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson`s Plus types

02/27/2001

Question:

My dad was recently diagnosed with Parkinsons Plus Syndrome, probably Multiple System Atrophy. How many types of Parkinson`s Plus Syndromes are there and what are they?

Answer:

An entire book can be written about the Parkinson`s Plus syndromes. Briefly, the most common are Multiple System Atrophy, Progressive Supranuclear Palsy, Cortico-basalganglionic degeneration, and Diffuse Lewy Body Disease. Unfortunately, all these variants respond poorly to medications and therapy is mainly of a supportive nature.

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Response by:

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