Atypical Parkinsonism

Diagnosis & Treatment

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Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) is a rare neurological disorder that develops in adulthood, usually in the 50s or 60s. MSA is caused by shrinking of nerve cells in several areas of the brain.

Symptoms

MSA can result in problems with multiple bodily functions such as speech, movement, balance, blood pressure and bladder control. PSP symptoms include loss of balance, falls (often backwards), stiffness and difficulties with vision, speech and swallowing. Eye problems cause difficulty in looking up or down, focusing, double or tunnel vision and dislike of bright lights. Some people can also experience behavioural and cognitive changes including depression and apathy.

CBS causes gradually worsening difficulties with movement, speech, memory and swallowing. Some patients will experience an involuntary stiffening, twisting or contraction of the affected limb called dystonia. There may be uncontrolled jumping of the limb when it is tapped gently or when the patient is startled, called myoclonus. People with CBS often complain that the affected limb feels like it is not a part of their body, a sensation called alien limb.

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Diagnosis

Dementech Neurosciences offers a wide range of cutting-edge services, specifically designed for people with Vascular Dementia, such as the Dementech Biomarker Tools and genetic counselling appointments. By using the latest advances in imaging and genetics, we are able to answer all your questions regarding the diagnosis, prognosis, monitoring progression and response to treatment.

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Treatment

At Dementech Neurosciences, we offer a multidisciplinary approach to treat all the variety of symptoms of Atypical parkinsonism. We have in-house speech and language therapist, occupational therapist, dietitian, psychologist and psychiatrist to manage effectively cognitive symptoms. Moreover, we offer the opportunity to participate in clinical trials testing novel pharmacological intervention, before they become available to the public, aiming to delay the progression of the disease. Caregivers may experience significant stresses and have a high level of burden; therefore we also offer caregiver support.

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Dr Lucio D’Anna
Consultant Neurologist

Dr Lucio D’Anna obtained his MD with Honours at the Medical School of the University of Udine, Italy and then he completed his Neurology training with Honours.

Dr Soumit Singhai
Geriatric & general internal medicine

Dr Singhai has been a Consultant Physician/Geriatrician since 2009, initially at the Homerton University Hospital Foundation Trust in London and then from 2016 he has been at the Lister Hospital in Hertfordshire.

Dr David Choluj
Lead Neurologist for MS

Dr David Choluj is a Consultant Neurologist with a further extensive experience in Stroke Medicine and Neurological Rehabilitation, based in London.

Prof. K. Ray Chaudhuri
Parkinson's Disease Expert

Professor K. Ray Chaudhuri is a world-renowned expert in Parkinson's disease. He is Professor of Neurology/Movement Disorders & Consultant Neurologist at King’s College Hospital & King’s College London and also Principal Investigator at the Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute.

Prof. Aarsland Dag
Geriatric Psychiatry

Dag Aarsland is Professor and Head of Department of Old Age Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College London, and Consultant psychiatrist at the Mental Health for Older Adults, South London & Maudsley NHS Health Trust, where he leads the Parkinson Spectrum Memory Clinic.

Dr. Vinod Metta
Lead Interventional Neurologist

Dr Vinod Metta, consultant interventional neurologist & movement disorder specialist trained at Kings College Hospital London.

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