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Parkinson Disease & Mimics
Conditions That Mimic Parkinson’s Disease

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.

Many people across the UK are living with Parkinson’s Disease, but some only share a few of the symptoms and are actually experiencing another type of movement disorder. There are a number of complex conditions that mimic Parkinson’s Disease, making it even more difficult to diagnose and treat successfully. At Dementech, our specialists and state-of-the-art equipment make us well placed to provide the most accurate diagnosis and tailored treatment plan for you.

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  • Home to the UK’s leading Parkinson’s disease and dementia specialists
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Understanding Parkinson’s & Conditions That Mimic Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s 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.

However, Parkinson’s Disease is far from being the only movement disorder that one can develop. Symptoms such as tremors, muscle rigidity, slow movement, impaired balance, and impaired coordination can all be associated with other conditions as well as Parkinson’s. Specialist diagnosis and support is the best route to take if you are struggling with these symptoms. Having a clear view of the specific disease you are experiencing will eventually lead to a more appropriate, and therefore more effective, treatment plan.

Dementech is a private clinic based in London specialising in the treatment of Parkinson’s. If you or a family member needs specialist treatment for Parkinson’s Disease (or another similar disorder) at any stage of its development, please contact us and we will be happy to provide any support you need.

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Same Day Consultations

Our team at Dementech Neurosciences team will always aim to offer you a same day consultation when possible.

Same Day Assessment

Reaching a conclusive diagnosis can take time when it comes to movement disorders. We will provide same-day assessments to help speed up the process.

Patient Advisor Consultations

Your personal Patient Advisor will be on hand to talk you through your symptom management and answer any questions whenever you need.

Prices Starting at £250

30-minute consultations start from just £250, and 60-minute consultations start from £450. We are always transparent about our pricing.

Video Consultations Available

If you can’t make it to our clinic for your appointment, we offer video consultations on FaceTime, WhatsApp, and Skype.

Common Symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

There are two types of symptoms: motor (movement) and non-motor (non-movement).

Common motor symptoms include:

  • Essential tremor
  • Slowness of movement
  • Stiffness
  • Impairment of balance

Non-motor symptoms vary from person-to-person, more so than the motor symptoms. They can include:

  • Low-blood pressure
  • Constipation
  • Speech difficulties
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Sleep problems
  • Osteoporosis

In most cases, both types of symptoms will worsen over time as the disease progresses. For conditions that mimic Parkinson’s, gradual worsening of the symptoms can vary and will also depend largely on the individual. Dementech can provide support with specialist medical interventions at any stage of symptom development.

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Challenging Cases: Symptoms & Conditions That Mimic Parkinson’s Disease

There are a number of conditions that present some of the signs and symptoms of Parkinson’s, but that do not respond in the same way to typical treatments. These diseases are referred to as Atypical Parkinsonisms, and are most likely to affect people in their 50s and 60s, although this can vary. 

Many other conditions involving movement -based issues mimic Parkinson’s Disease. A patient therefore may show no signs of developing PD but will experience very similar symptoms. These conditions can be particularly challenging for non-specialists and can sometimes lead to misdiagnosis. Specialist input from the team at Dementech is recommended in such cases. 

Atypical Parkinsonisms include disorders such as:

Dementia with Lewy bodies (DLB)

Second only to Alzheimer’s disease as a degenerative cause of dementia, dementia with Lewy bodies mimics Parkinson’s, but with more cognitive decline and visual hallucinations rather than movement-based problems.

Progressive supranuclear palsy

A brain disorder that affects balance. Walking becomes difficult for these patients and it may also cause problems with vision over time.

Multiple system atrophy (MSA)

This condition involves the autonomic nervous system (the part of the nervous system that controls internal functions such as digestion, the 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.

Essential tremor (ET)

A neurological disorder that causes excessive shaking of the hands, voice, and sometimes the head.

Post-traumatic parkinsonism

A condition caused by severe or frequent head injuries. Post-traumatic parkinsonism can also be associated with dementia.

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.

If you have Parkinson’s Disease and dementia, eventually you will be faced with great difficulty living by yourself. Dementia will likely affect your ability to care for yourself, even if your current experience of Parkinson’s Disease still means you can physically perform daily tasks. In these circumstances, we recommend seeking daily support from loved ones or professional carers who will be able to help you go about each day with less difficulty and confusion.

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Living with Parkinson’s Disease

Coping with Parkinson’s Disease can be difficult and frustrating thanks to its common, debilitating symptoms. Many patients experience mild to severe bouts of trembling, stiffness (often called rigidity), slow movements, and the loss of balance and coordination. As well as these physical symptoms, people with Parkinson’s and other similar conditions may face difficulty with the following:

  • Speaking and communicating with others
  • Being able to solve problems
  • Understanding abstract concepts
  • Remembering things
  • Paying attention

In many cases, the frustration that comes with symptom management stems from the loss of control. It can also be emotionally overwhelming to know that there is currently no cure for the disease. Nonetheless, patients have a number of tools at their disposal for better managing the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease and living a healthy, enjoyable life.

At the 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, 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.

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FAQs About Parkinson’s Disease

I’m claustrophobic. Is there an MRI scan alternative?

Yes, many people who struggle with small spaces have the option to have an open or upright MRI scan.

Will I get a copy of my results?

Yes, if you would like to see your results after any test or assessment, we can provide the details for you. Feel free to ask for a copy of your test results or a CD of your MRI scan if applicable.

How quickly can I be seen?

We aim to see patients on the same day of their enquiry wherever possible.

Can you arrange tests?

Yes, depending on what is most suitable for you and your condition, we can arrange for tests and scans to be scheduled before or after your consultation.

What does the consultation entail?

During a consultation, we will carry out an assessment and go through your medical history with a view to getting a diagnosis. Following this, our specialists will provide you with a bespoke treatment plan and a full consultation report.

If I am seen privately, will I be removed from the NHS waiting list?

No, receiving care at Dementech will not impact your NHS care. You are still welcome to seek guidance and treatment from the NHS if you wish to.

Do you offer video calls?

If you cannot make it to the clinic, we are able to provide facilities for video calls. You are welcome to use Skype, FaceTime, or WhatsApp for your appointments.

Do you provide finance?

No, we do not offer any finance payment plans.

How quickly can we get an MRI, blood test, and other testing done?

We carry out tests within two days of them being requested, and we will get the results back within 48 hours. This is the same across blood tests and MRIs.

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