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What's the main difference between parkinsonism and Parkinson's disease?
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Dr. Daniel Wujek
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In brief: Type of Symptoms
Parkinsonism refers to signs or symptoms that are often associated with parkinson's disease.
This term would be used for patients that exhibited some signs of parkinson's, but who didn't have enough symptoms to be classified as parkinson's disease. These symptoms can be seen for other reasons, such as medication side effects.

In brief: Type of Symptoms
Parkinsonism refers to signs or symptoms that are often associated with parkinson's disease.
This term would be used for patients that exhibited some signs of parkinson's, but who didn't have enough symptoms to be classified as parkinson's disease. These symptoms can be seen for other reasons, such as medication side effects.
Dr. Daniel Wujek
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Dr. William Gaya
Parkinsonism is a term used to describe a patient with the sum of symptoms seen in Parkinson's Disease (tremors at rest, slow movement, rigidity or stiffness, and balance or postural instability). Most patients with parkinsonism have Parkinson's Disease. However, many other conditions can give similar symptoms. This is where the term becomes practical. Parkinsonism means: "it looks like Parkinson's Disease, yet I am not certain it is." To avoid this confusion some use the term Idiopathic Parkinson's Disease to properly refer to Parkinson's Disease and make the distinction that there is higher degree of certainty in the diagnosis.
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