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Parkinson's Disease

Memory

02/11/1999

Question:

Does Parkinson's disease affect the memory?

Answer:

Parkinson's disease in the later stages can affect memory. Short term memory is more affected. If memory is affected in the first few years of onset of symptoms, one must be concerned that it is a Parkinson's plus syndrome. A full blown dementing illness is less common, compared to Alzheimer's disease. Side effects of medications can also contribute to memory loss. Anticholinergic drugs such as Artane, Cogentin and Kemadrin are of particular concern.

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Response by:

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