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Parkinson's Disease

What is the difference between parkinson`s?

05/18/2009

Question:

what is the difference between parkinsons disease and msa parkinsoms plus,is it a better or worse future for the suffer

Answer:

The "parkinson's plus" syndromes and idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) are only similar in that they share symptoms of parkinsonism (slowness, rigidity, tremor, and postural instability). MSA and the "parkinson's plus" syndromes can have these symptoms plus many others not commonly seen in PD early in the disease.

The area of brain dysfunction and pathology in MSA and the other "parkinson's plus" syndrome is very different from PD. For this reason, MSA and the "parkinson's plus" syndromes typically have minimal to no response to the parkinsonian medications. Further, the progression of symptoms in MSA and the other "parkinson's plus" syndromes is typically much more rapid than PD.

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Response by:

Punit  Agrawal, DO Punit Agrawal, DO
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University