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Roughly 1.9 million people are afflicted with Parkinson's disease and, according to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, that number is on the rise! Parkinson's Disease Treatment Guide for Physicians will comprehensively cover Parkinson's disease (PD), including diagnosis, testing, prognosis, and possible causes. Its primary focus will be on treatment, specifying appropriate drugs, doses, and common side effects. It will address not only the treatment of motor problems (tremor, gait, etc.), but everything else that routinely arises in a PD practice, including osteoporosis prevention, blood pressure, sexual, bowel, or bladder dysfunction, dementia, depression, common skin rashes, and more. This book will mirror Dr. Ahlskog's earlier book, The Parkinson's Treatment Book: Partnering with Your Doctor to Get the Most from Your Medications (2005). Each chapter in the current book will follow the same outline and cover nearly the same material as in each chapter of the earlier patient book, but it will be more succint and direct, with many teaching points summarized wtih bullet points or in small tables. In effect, the clinician and patient can both be reading, or have read, the same material.
Table of Contents
Clinical Basics: Understanding and Examining the Motor System
Basic Neuropathology and Neuroanatomy of Parkinson's Disease
Clinical Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease
Natural Progression of Parkinson's Disease over the Lifetime
Conditions Mistaken for Parkinson's Disease
Efficient Testing, Including Brain Imaging
Etiology and Epidemiology of Parkinson's Disease
Strategies for Slowing Parkinson's Disease Progression
Overview: Available Drugs for Motor Problems of Parkinson's Disease
Choosing the Initial Drug (Confronting Controversies)
Starting Treatment with Carbidopa/Levodopa
Starting Treatment with a Dopamine Agonist Drug
Parkinsonism-Plus Syndromes, Levodopa Failures, and Refractory Tremor: Treatment Options
Problems That May Surface during the First Few Years of Levodopa Treatment
When a Dopamine Agonist Is the First and Primary Drug: Early Problems
Levodopa Adjustments to Treat Motor Instability: Motor Fluctuations and Dyskinesias
Adjunctive Drugs for Motor Fluctuations and Dyskinesias