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Management of the patient with Parkinson's disease on the acute take
Foundation Years Journal, volume 7, issue 7, p.36 (123Doc Education, London, July 2013)
Parkinson's disease (PD) is the second commonest neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer's disease and affects about 2% of people over the age of 80. Although the incidence rises with age, however, it is not exclusively a disease of older people. The diagnosis of PD and initiation and monitoring of treatment should be undertaken by a specialist, however, people with PD frequently need to see their GP and are often seen on the general medical or surgical take (either as a result of their PD or for unrelated conditions) therefore the non-specialist still needs to have an understanding of this common condition. Common causes of deterioration and distress in PD can be avoided or quickly managed by the savvy doctor and the aim of this article is to give you the tips you need to avoid the common pitfalls in the management of this complex condition.
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