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Parkinson Disease and Mimics

Parkinson disease is a complex progressive neurological disease involving the loss of neurons in a part of the brain called the “substantia nigra.” This results in a reduction in the amount of dopamine, a chemical messenger or neurotransmitter. When this important chemical in the brain is depleted, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop.

Parkinson disease is a complex progressive neurological disease involving the loss of neurons in a part of the brain called the “substantia nigra.” This results in a reduction in the amount of dopamine, a chemical messenger or neurotransmitter. When this important chemical in the brain is depleted, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop.

Parkinson disease is a complex progressive neurological disease involving the loss of neurons in a part of the brain called the “substantia nigra.” This results in a reduction in the amount of dopamine, a chemical messenger or neurotransmitter. When this important chemical in the brain is depleted, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop.

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Parkinson Disease & Mimics

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Parkinson disease is a complex progressive neurological disease involving the loss of neurons in a part of the brain called the “substantia nigra.” This results in a reduction in the amount of dopamine, a chemical messenger or neurotransmitter. When this important chemical in the brain is depleted, the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease develop.

There are two types of symptoms: motor (movement) and non-motor (non-movement). Common motor symptoms include: essential tremor, slowness of movement, stiffness and impairment of balance later.

Non-motor symptoms vary from person-to-person and more so than the motor symptoms. They can include, low-blood pressure, constipation, speech difficulties , depression, Fatigue, Sleep problems, osteoporosis etc

Same Day Diagnosis

At Dementech Neurosciences, we endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible. You no longer have to wait to be seen by a specialist.  With your consent, our private neurologists can also share the full consultation report with your GP.

Same Day Tests, Assessments

There is no single test to diagnosis Parkinson’s and reaching a conclusive diagnosis can take time. At Dementech Neurosciences London clinic we offer different levels of care to treat patients with Parkinson’s. Because it is far more effective to prevent a disease, our approach involves risk assessments, prevention strategies and tools to manage symptoms and treat the condition and lessen its impact.

However, in cases where a diagnosis of a disease has been established, our multidisciplinary team will do everything possible to treat symptoms and prevent them from progressing further, improving the patient’s quality of life, emotional health and well-being.

15-minute Consultation with Patient Advisor

Schedule a free 15-minute initial consultation with a Patient Advisory. This is an opportunity to discuss your condition where the Patient Advisor will suggest the most appropriate route to suits your specific needs.

Video Consultations Available

Dementech Neurosciences is now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

Prices start from £250

You can book a half an hour Skype consultation with a doctor for £250.

 

Full hour consultations with a doctor starts from £450.

Challenging Cases

Some conditions mimic Parkinson’s but doesn’t have actual disease, they are challenging to non specialists and needs specialist input

Atypical Parkinsonisms are most likely to affect people in their 50s and 60s, and include disorders such as:

  • Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB), which is second only to Alzheimer’s disease as a degenerative cause of dementia
  • Progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP), a disorder that affects patients’ vision and balance with frequent falls
  • Multiple system atrophy (MSA), which involves the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that controls internal functions such as digestion, heartbeat and breathing) and can affect coordination
  • Corticobasal syndrome (CBD), a rare atypical Parkinsonian disorder in which symptoms often involve one side of the body more than the other

Dementia with Lewy Body mimics Parkinson’s but with more cognitive decline, visual hallucinations

Parkinson's disease
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Dementia from Parkinson’s disease

Initially, Parkinson’s disease causes physical symptoms. Problems with cognitive function, including forgetfulness and difficulty with concentration, may arise later. As the disease gets worse with time, many people develop dementia, which causes profound memory loss and makes it difficult to maintain relationships with others.

Parkinson’s disease dementia can cause problems with:

  • Speaking and communicating with others
  • Being able to solve problems
  • Understanding abstract concepts
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty paying attention

If you have Parkinson’s disease and dementia, eventually you probably won’t be able to live by yourself. Dementia affects your ability to care of yourself, even if your Parkinson’s disease allows you to physically perform daily tasks.

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Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Coping with Parkinson’s disease, the motor system disorder, can be frustrating because of its common symptoms—trembling, stiffness (often called rigidity), slow movements, and the loss of balance and coordination. A good deal of that frustration comes from the loss of control that you once had over your body. It can also be emotionally overwhelming to know that there is currently no cure for the disease.

Nonetheless, people have a number of tools at their disposal for better managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and living a healthy, enjoyable life.

Here’s what can help:
  • Speaking and communicating with others
  • Being able to solve problems
  • Understanding abstract concepts
  • Forgetfulness
  • Difficulty paying attention
Parkinson's disease treatment

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT DOES THE CONSULTATION ENTAIL?

The consultation will begin with an assessment, followed by a diagnosis. Once you have received your diagnosis, you will be given a management plan and will be prescribed with medication. You will also receive a full consultation report.

CAN YOU ARRANGE TESTS?

All tests can be arranged prior to your consultation with us and ever after the consultation.

HOW QUICKLY CAN I BE SEEN?

We endeavour to see you on the same day, if possible.

WILL I GET A COPY OF MY TEST RESULTS?

Yes, you will get a copy of your results as well as a CD of the MRI scan on request

I'M CLAUSTROPHOBIC. DO YOU HAVE ANY ALTERNATIVES TO THE MRI SCAN?

Yes we do. We offer an Upright MRI and an Open MRI

IF I AM SEEN PRIVATELY, WILL I BE TAKEN OFF THE NHS WAITING LIST?

No. Seeing a doctor at Dementech will not affect your care through the NHS.

DO YOU OFFER VIDEO COnSULTATIONS?

Yes, we are now offering tele consultations to patients who are unable to physically attend our clinic on Wimpole street. We will be conducting these calls through Skype, FaceTime and WhatsApp call/Video call.

DO YOU PROVIDE FINANCE?

At this current time we do not offer finance. Payments will need to be made prior to tests and consultations.

HOW QUICKLY CAN WE GET AN MRI, BLOOD TEST AND OTHER TESTING DONE?

You can get the tests within 2 days of requesting it.

Test results will be received within 2 days.

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