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The purpose of screening is early diagnosis and treatment. Screening tests are usually administered to people without current symptoms, but who may be at high risk for certain diseases or conditions.

There are no screening tests or screening guidelines for Parkinson’s disease. Patients with a strong family history of Parkinson’s disease may want to see a movement disorders expert to discuss genetic testing.

References:

American Association of Neurological Surgeons website. Available at: http://www.aans.org.

Conn HF, Rakel RE. Conn’s Current Therapy 2002. 54th ed. Philadelphia, PA: WB Saunders Company; 2002.

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke website. Available at: http://www.ninds.nih.gov/.

Parkinson’s Disease Foundation website. Available at: http://www.pdf.org/.



Last reviewed September 2013 by Rimas Lukas, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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