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14th July 2014 - New research
MISDIAGNOSIS OF PARKINSON'S DISEASE
Researchers aimed to determine the diagnostic accuracy of a clinical
diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease using neuropathologic diagnosis as the
standard. The accuracy of diagnosis was found to be very poor.
neuropathologic findings of Parkinson's Disease as the standard, this study
established a finding of only 26% accuracy for a clinical diagnosis of
Parkinson's Disease in untreated patients, 53% accuracy in early Parkinson's
Disease of less than five years duration that was responsive to medication,
and 85% diagnostic accuracy in Parkinson's Disease of longer duration that
was medication-responsive. Clinical variables that improved diagnostic
accuracy were medication response, motor fluctuations, dyskinesias, and
hyposmia (reduced sense of smell).ic accuracy in Parkinson's Disease of
longer duration that was medication-responsive.
This study showed that a clinical diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease identifies people who will have pathologically confirmed Parkinson's Disease with a sensitivity of 88% and specificity of 68%. For more information concerning the diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease go to Diagnosis of Parkinson's Disease For more news go to Parkinson's Disease News.
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