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Parkinson's disease 

Parkinson's disease
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Parkinson's disease
Author(s):

Ivan Donaldson

, C. David Marsden

, Susanne A. Schneider

, and Kailash P. Bhatia

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780192619112.003.0150
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date: 16 July 2018

Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease is a clinical syndrome characterized by the gradual onset and progression of tremor, rigidity, akinesia, and defects of posture and locomotion and various non-motor symptoms, not due to any other recognized cause. Idiopathic Parkinson’s disease is defined as the clinical syndrome of parkinsonism associated with a distinctive pathology comprising degeneration of pigmented brainstem nuclei, including the dopaminergic substantia nigra pars compacta, with the presence of Lewy bodies in remaining nerve cells.

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